Iran unveiled its first domestic fighter jet named ‘Kowsar’
- Designed and manufactured solely by Iranian military experts, the Kowsar is described as a fourth-generation fighter jet, which classifies it among military fighters in service from approximately 1980 to the present day.
- However, international aviation experts have been quick to cast doubt on the claim of pure Iranian technology and have suggested that the design is that of the U.S.-made F-5F jet, first built in the early 1970s. Tehran purchased F-5s from America in 1974, five years before the Iranian revolution.
- Kowsar (or Kosar) is a medium-range, land-based anti-ship missile made by Iran.
- It can defeat electronic jamming systems and “cannot be thrown off course”, according to Iranian officials.
- Kowsar means River in Paradise in Islam and also a title of a chapter in Quran
- Kowsar had an advanced avionics system and “multi-purpose radar”.
- The aircraft was unveiled ahead of Iran’s National Day of Defense Industry, which is to be held on 22nd August,2018