Introduction – Oct 17, 2019
We’ve no doubt that many Western commentators will dismiss Iran’s new jet trainer, just as the U.S. National Interest has. However, they would be making a mistake.
That’s because fifteen years ago Iran did not have any capable indigenously developed air defence systems. Now it has several, including the Bavar 373, which outperforms Russia’s S-300 and in some respects rivals the S-400.
In other words, Iran has the indigenous brainpower and the capacity to develop its own sophisticated defence systems.
Of course the Yasin is not going to threaten U.S. air-superiority jets like the F-22 or even the F-16, at least not yet. But it’s a start and 15 to 20 years from now Iran could be deploying its own world-class warplanes, just as it is now doing with its air defence systems.
Interestingly, the Yasin bears a strong resemblance to the Kowsar, which was unveiled last year as a domestically designed and built fighter. It’s possible that having looked at the Kowsar’s limitations, Iranian air force commanders decided to rename it the Yasin and re-designate it as a “training jet”. Although like Britain’s Hawk trainer jets it could still possibly be used very effectively in a ground-attack/air-support role. Ed.
Iran unveils domestically-manufactured training jet
Press TV – Oct 17, 2019
Iran has unveiled and put into operation a domestically-manufactured training jet, which is among the world’s best in terms of takeoff and landing capabilities.
The advanced jet, dubbed Yasin, was put on display on Thursday in the presence of Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh and Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari.
The training jet, which has undergone its final test, made its maiden flight over Noje Airbase in Iran’s western Hamadan Province.
The aircraft is 12 meters long and four meters high. It weighs 5.5 tons and can fly up to 12 kilometers.
The wing’s design enables the jet to land and take off at a speed of at least 200 kilometers per hour.
A fully horizontal rotating fin on the aircraft’s tail allows the pilot to perform various maneuvers.
Yasin utilizes two 7,000-pound-thrust turbo jet engines, which is used for jet fighters.
Iran has recently made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing military equipment and hardware despite facing sanctions and Western economic pressure.
The Islamic Republic says its military power is solely for defensive purposes and does not pose any threat to other countries.