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Iran's Air Force to manufacture cutting edge jet fighters

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Tehran, Sept 20, IRNA - Commander of the Air Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army Brigadier-General Ahmad Mighani said on Thursday that the Air Force has planned to manufacture cutting edge planes. "We have decided to manufacture all the planes Air Force needs inside the country," he told IRNA on the sidelines of test-flight of Saeqeh jet fighter.

He said that the Air Force has made breakthrough in manufacturing airplanes so that "We will make good on backwardness of the past." Mighani said that Saegheh jet fighter is up-to-date in terms of aerodynamic balance and possessing missile and radar system.

He dismissed the Western threats to Iran as psychological war saying that they are well aware of Iran's defense capability.

The Air Force commander said that Iran has reached self sufficiency in manufacturing advanced hardware "compared with the past which we were dependent on others." He said that the achievements Iran has made in manufacture of jet fighters indicated that the economic sanctions imposed by the enemy in the past 30 years have been ineffective.

The commander said that Iran has upgraded range of F-14 airplanes to 1,000 miles boosting capability of the plane to crush the enemy.

Meanwhile, Managing Director of Aviation Organization of Ministry of Defense and Logistics of the Armed Forces said that test-flight of Saegheh jet fighters is a national pride.

"It is a logistic and combat plane with high maneuvering capability and bombardment of close targets," Majid Hedayat said.

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