Iran has revealed its first domestic fighter jet, “Kowsar,” at a defense show. President Hassan Rouhani has apparently been checking the readiness of the aircraft himself, as he was spotted sitting in the cockpit.

The fourth-generation jet boasts “advanced avionics” and a multi-purpose radar, the Tasnim news agency said, adding that it was “completely indigenously made.” The “advanced” aircraft, which is to be produced in two versions – with a single cabin and two cabins – and will be used for aerial support missions as well as for pilots’ training, according to Irna.

 

The jet was presented on Wednesday amid rising tensions in the Middle East as well as Tehran’s growing rift with Washington. President Rouhani and Defense Minister Amir Hatami were at the ceremony, with the President even getting into the cockpit to check out how comfortable pilots would be in the newest addition to the Iranian air force.

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