ISLAMABAD: Iran on Monday unveiled a new home-made combatfighter, named Saeqeh 2 (Thunderbolt 2), which will also be used for training purposes, Fars news agency reported.
“The double-cockpit supersonic fighter jet which has been designed and built by the defence ministry’s aerospace industries organization in cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Air Force will do close-range cover and backup in tactical missions as well as advanced
pilot training missions,” said Iranian Deputy Defence Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami addressing the unveiling ceremony.
He said the aircraft had been built on the basis of a new design which had maximized its combat power.
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.
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.