Report by PMOI/MEK
Iran, August 24, 2018 - Military experts are strongly questioning claims raised by the Iranian regime of producing an indigenous fighter jet. Iranian regime television broadcast images of its new “Kowsar” fighter aircraft and President Hassan Rouhani sitting in the so-called domestically-produced jet.
State-run media went even further to claim the Kowsar being a fourth-generation fighter jet designed and manufactured completely by Iranian military specialists.
Aviation experts from across the globe, however, began responding and casting doubt on what has become an obviously outrageous claim by the mullahs, suggesting the design is a make-up of the US-made F-5F jet dating back to the 1970s. It is registered that Tehran purchased a number of F-5s from the United States back in 1974.
Joseph Dempsey, a defense and military analysis research associate currently at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), illustrated this comparison in Twitter.
Extreme resemblance between the Iranian regime claimed Kowsar jet and the US made F-5F jet
Iranian regime engineers could have manufactured some new parts, such as the fuselage assemblies and the plane’s electronic control system, which should not be particularly difficult considering the original specification dating back to the 1960s.
Jane’s IHS Markit estaimates the Iranian regime has 31-single seater F-5E jets and 17 two-seater F5-F aircrafts in service. Obviously, the Iranian regime hasn’t made any remarks about intentions to launch a production line of these so-called home-built fighter jets.
Other experts talking to various media outlets also describe this as a mere giveaway by the Iranian regime, especially as Tehran is coming under extreme international pressure and domestic crises, forcing senior regime officials to resort to such tactics in a measure aiming to save face.
Such steps show the critical situation and desperate status of the Iranian regime, having no choice but to seek breathing room under a growing weigh of dilemmas inside the country against an increasingly restive nation, and the wrath of international pressures targeting its malign belligerence.