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Kowsar 88 advanced jet trainer

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi announced on 20 April 2013 that the country planned to display new home-made defensive products in the near future, including a new aircraft for training purposes, and an air-launched cruise missile. "We have on the agenda the production of other types of fighter jets and we will unveil Kowsar training jets in a not too far future," Vahidi told reporters on the sidelines of the military parades held in Tehran on the occasion of the National Army Day.

The first Kowsar 88 (also named Kosar) prototype jet trainer was unveiled 15 April 2017. This jet will form future fleet of IRIAF Iranian Air Force advanced jet trainer airplanes until 2025. The Kowsar trainer strongly resembles the AIDC AT-3 Tzu Chung aircraft developed by the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation of the Taiwan in collaboration with American aircraft manufacturer Northrop between 1984 and 1990. It also resembles the CASA C.101 Aviojet Trainer and Light Attack Aircraft, and the Yak-130 Russian air force's advanced flight and tactical combat trainer -. But close examination confirms that it is a copy of none of these.

Managing-Director of the Iranian Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) Manouchehr Manteqi announced the country's plans to test a new home-made training jet named 'Kowsar 88' next year. "Kowsar 88 jet will go under tests in the next Iranian year (which starts on March 21, 2015) if the plans go ahead with no problem," Manteqi said 04 December 2014.

Iran was in final stages of manufacturing its new home-made training jet, Kowsar, Air Force Deputy Chief Liaison Officer General Aziz Nasirzadeh said February 9, 2015, adding that the country is also ready to start exports of flight simulators to foreign nations. The double-cockpit Kowsar jet which is being designed and built in cooperation with the defense ministrys aerospace industries organization is in final stages of manufacturing, Nasirzadeh said.

He also elaborated on the countrys capabilities in building simulators for different types of aircraft, and said, The Air Force has designed and built simulator systems for all airplanes using the most state-of-the-art technologies and we have reached full self-sufficiency in this regard. He also underlined Irans preparedness to export different types of simulators to other countries.

In relevant remarks in December 2014, Managing-Director of the Iranian Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) Manouchehr Manteqi announced the countrys plans to test Kowsar training jet next year. Kowsar 88 jet will go under tests in the next Iranian year (which starts on March 21, 2015) if the plans go ahead with no problem, Manteqi told FNA.

On 15 April 2017 President Rouhani visited Iran Helicopter Support and Renewal Company (IHSRC) and ordered the unveiling of a jet trainer named Kowsar, Mohaajer 6 tactical drone, Nasseer anti-ship cruise missile, and Fakour air-to-air missile. During the ceremony, the IAIO Qaher-313 fighter also started taxiing test and preparation for take-off at President Rouhani's order. The ceremony continued with delivering 20 helicopters, which were undergone major overhaul, to the armed forces. At the beginning of the ceremony, Dr Rouhani reviewed the honour guards and paid tribute to the martyrs of the Sacred Defence era, as well as those of the Ministry of Defence. The President also visited different parts of the exhibition on the achievements of the defence ministry and was briefed about the latest developments and advancements in Iran's defensive capabilities.




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