TEHRAN, April 18 (Xinhua) -- The Iranian Air Force said on Thursday that it has plans to manufacture more Kowsar fighter jets in the coming year, Tasnim news agency reported.
The announcement was made by Aziz Nasirzadeh, commander of Iran's Air Force, on the sidelines of a parade held in the capital Tehran to mark the National Army Day.
Nasirzadeh expressed hope that the home-made warplane would participate in the next year's military parades.
Unveiled in September last year, Kowsar is equipped with "advanced avionics and fire control systems" and can be used for short aerial support missions.
It also uses digital military data networks, multi-purpose digital monitors, ballistic calculation computers and smart mobile mapping systems.
The jet has an advanced radar system, enabling it to detect enemy targets. It is also equipped with a head-up display, which promotes precision targeting.
The plane can be manufactured in both single and double cockpit types, the latter of which can be used for advanced pilot training missions in addition to its combat capability.