Iran to display new jet fighters
Press TV – September 2, 2008
Commander of Iran's Army says the country's Air Force will be equipped with domestically-manufactured jet fighters within a few months.
"Iran has made great achievements in manufacturing anti-aircraft missiles and various jet fighters over the past two years," Major General Ataollah Salehi told reporters Tuesday.
He added that the Islamic Republic currently enjoys technical capabilities that perhaps no other country in the region has.
According to the commander, the Air Force wil hold the maneuver Modafean-e Aseman (Defenders of Sky) during the holy month of Ramadan.
Maj. Gen. Salehi pointed out that only a part of Iran's capabilities would be displayed during the maneuvers.
An Iranian Air Force commander, Brigadier General Ahmad Miqani, had earlier said that Iran has revamped its fighter jet fleet to fly distances of 3,000 kilometers without refueling, a measure aimed at improving the country's defense capabilities.
Although Brig. Gen. Miqani did not elaborate on the process, it has been suggested that external fuel tanks, attached to the wings or fuselage, could provide the extra fuel.
Iran announced in July that it had started producing radar-evading stealth aircraft as well as overhauling F-14 fighter jets.
Last updated 03/09/2008