TEHRAN (defapress)- A senior Iranian commander announced on Saturday that the country has successfully mounted and tested new missiles on its F-7 warplanes.
News ID: 65560
Publish Date: 12August 2017 - 18:32
"New missiles and weapons have been successfully tested
on F-7 fighter jets and different bombs are being tested," Commander of
Shahid Babayee airbase in the Central province of Isfahan General Massoud
Noting that the PC-7 aircraft has also been enabled to
conduct combat operations, he said that machine-guns have also been mounted and
tested on them.
General Rouzkhosh also said that Iran's F-14 and F-4 fighter
jets are capable of being used in naval battles, and underlined that the
defense ministry has plans to build the fifth generation of radar-evading
aircraft and equip them with the capability to trace different targets.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the
defense sector and gained self-sufficiency in essential military hardware and
The country has repeatedly made it clear that its military
might is merely based on the state's defense doctrine of deterrence and that it
poses no threat to other countries.
In February 2015, Iran unveiled a new home-made combat
fighter, named Saeqeh 2 (Thunderbolt 2), which can also be used for training
"The double-cockpit supersonic fighter jet, which has
been designed and built by the defense ministry's aerospace industries
organization in cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran's Air Force, can
be used for combat missions, close-range cover and backup in tactical missions,
and also advanced pilot training programs," former Iranian Deputy Defense
Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said, addressing the unveiling ceremony.
He said the aircraft had been built on the basis of a new
design which had maximized its combat power, adding that the plane had also
been equipped with advanced electro-avionics and weapons systems to train
pilots for flying with the existing or new heavy fighters.
Also in the same month, a senior Iranian Air Force commander
announced that the country was planning to build a new high-tech combat
aircraft capable of tracing US and Israeli modern and stealth planes.
"… we will manufacture an aircraft on Saeqeh platform
which will be equipped with Fourth generation (and even higher) avionics
…," Commander of Air Force's Owj Complex Colonel Houshang Monfaredzadeh
said in an exclusive interview with FNA.
He reiterated that Iran was reaching a level of expertise
that it would soon be able to manufacture a totally different aircraft in terms
of electronic, radar and avionic systems as well as weaponry equipment.
Asked why Saeqeh platform was used for developing new
planes, Colonel Monfaredzadeh said, "In all parts of the world it is the
same and they choose the platform of one of their aircraft (for developing
others) and we have also selected Saeqeh for this purpose …"
In September 2010, Iran displayed the first squadron of its
Saeqeh fighters in an air show staged during the military parades at the
beginning of the Week of Sacred Defense, marking Iranians' sacrifices during
the 8 years of Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s.
In September 2011, the Iranian Air Force's first squadron of
home-made Saeqeh fighter jets started operations during the large offensive air
drills codenamed "Fadaeeyan-e Harim-e Vellayat III" in Northwestern