Iran flies domestically made fighter jets to mark Army Day

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran showcased its domestically made fighter jets by flying the aircraft over Tehran during a military parade Thursday marking National Army Day as the country grapples with U.S. sanctions and the Trump administration's recent terrorism designation of Iran's powerful paramilitary force.

TV footage showed the aircraft performing during the parade, including 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 Quran.

The Islamic Republic often announces military achievements that cannot be independently verified to boost patriotism. The United States re-imposed sanctions on Iran, including on its energy sector, last November, after President Donald Trump pulled out of the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

The twin-seated Kowsar — modelled after American F-5 fighter jet — was inaugurated in 2018, 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 in Iran's air force, which already has U.S.-made F-4, F-5 as well as F-14 fighter jets and also Russian-made Sukhoi aircraft in service.

During Thursday's event, the air force also paraded Iranian battlefield personnel carriers, machine guns, tanks, transport vehicles and Iranian-made Talash as well as Russian-made S-300 missile systems.

Rouhani reviewed the parade, flanked by several Revolutionary Guard commanders, and offered praise for both the army and the guard forces.

"The Army has always been beside the Iranian nation and the Islamic Revolution, making sacrifice to secure our territorial integrity and ensure Iran's independence," Rouhani also said.

The U.S. terrorism designation for Iran's Revolutionary Guard formally took effect on Monday — a move meant to increase pressure on Iran, isolate it further and prompt authorities to divert some of the financial resources Tehran uses to fund militant activity in the Middle East and beyond.

It prompted Iranian lawmakers a day later to overwhelmingly approve a bill labeling U.S. forces in the Middle East as terrorist and labeling America a "supporter of terrorism."

The guard's designation — the first-ever for an entire division of another government — adds another layer of sanctions to the powerful paramilitary force and makes it a crime under U.S. jurisdiction to provide it with material support.

___

This story was corrected to show the Kowsar fighter jet was inaugurated in 2018, not 2017.

You may also interested in

Egypt censors play 'Before the Revolution,'...

Mar 18, 2018

Egypt's state censors have prohibited the performance of a play on the day of its Cairo premiere,...

Egypt increases fuel prices, as part of austerity...

Jun 16, 2018

Egypt's Ministry of Oil has announced steep increases in fuel and cooking gas prices as part of the...

Video of unwanted advance divides Egyptians

Aug 22, 2018

A video posted online by an Egyptian woman who says a man stalked her at a bus stop has stirred...

UN rushes aid to hunger-stricken Yemeni district

Sep 25, 2018

UN, donors rush food to desperate corner of northern Yemen where starving villagers were living off...

Autopsy on Egyptian monk shows signs of poisoning

Sep 27, 2018

Autopsy on Egyptian monk who had until recently served at monastery where the abbot was killed...

About Us

Originally founded in 2015, Voyage Times publishes articles on travel and lifestyle for travelers, leisure seekers, and culture hunters from around the world.

Contact us: sales[at]voyagetimes.com

Subscribe Now!

Quick Links

HomePress