Iran flies domestically made fighter jets to mark Army Day

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The Kowsar domestic fighter jet, a fourth-generation fighter, with ‘advanced avionics’ and multi-purpose radar in one of its test flights. (Iranian Defense Ministry/AFP)
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The production line of the Kowsar domestic fighter jet, a fourth-generation fighter, with ‘advanced avionics’ and multi-purpose radar. (Iranian Defense Ministry/AFP)
Updated 18 April 2019
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Iran flies domestically made fighter jets to mark Army Day

  • The twin-seated Kowsar — modelled after American F-5 fighter jet — was inaugurated in 2017
  • The parade also showcased the Saegheh — Thunderbolt — another domestically built fighter plane

TEHRAN: Iran has showcased domestically made fighter jets by flying the aircraft over Tehran during a military parade marking National Army Day.
State TV broadcast footage of the aircraft performing during the parade on Thursday.
The planes include the latest all-Iranian fighter jet, dubbed Kowsar, which in Islamic meaning refers to a river in paradise and is also the title of a chapter in the Muslim holy book, the Qur’an.
The twin-seated Kowsar — modelled after American F-5 fighter jet — was inaugurated in 2017, when the TV aired images of President Hassan Rouhani briefly sitting in the plane’s cockpit inside a hangar before the ceremony.
The parade also showcased the Saegheh, or “Thunderbolt,” another domestically built fighter plane. Iran’s air force already has US-made and Russian-made Sukhoi aircraft in service.


Turkey launches air strike on Iraqi Kurdistan after killing of diplomat

Updated 39 min 43 sec ago
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Turkey launches air strike on Iraqi Kurdistan after killing of diplomat

  • Turkish vice consul to Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region was shot dead Wednesday in the local capital Irbil
  • Turkish separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is suspected to be involved in the killing

ANKARA: Turkey on Thursday launched an air attack on Iraqi Kurdistan in response to the killing of a Turkish diplomat in the region, the country’s defense minister said.
The Turkish vice consul to Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region was shot dead Wednesday in the local capital Irbil. Police sources said two other people were also killed.
There was no claim of responsibility for the shooting, but many Iraqi experts have pointed to the probability that the Turkish separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Ankara considers a terrorist group, was behind the attack.
“Following the evil attack in Irbil, we have launched the most comprehensive air operation on Qandil and dealt a heavy blow to the (PKK) terror organization,” defense minister Hulusi Akar said in a statement.
Targets such as “armaments positions, lodgings, shelters and caves belonging to terrorists” were destroyed.
“Our fight against terror will continue with increasing determination until the last terrorist is neutralized and the blood of our martyrs will be avenged,” he added.
The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), which now leads the regional government, enjoys good political and trade relations with Turkey.
But Turkey has been conducting a ground offensive and bombing campaign since May in the mountainous northern region to root out the PKK which has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984.
Earlier this month, the PKK announced that one of those raids killed senior PKK leader Diyar Gharib Mohammed along with two other fighters.
A spokesman for the PKK’s armed branch denied the group was involved in Wednesday’s shooting.