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Iran to upgrade its fighter plane technology: Defense chief

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Picture provided by IRNA shows a squadron featuring Iran’s domestically-manufactured Kowsar fighter planes.

Iran’s defense chief says US sanctions have not prevented the Islamic Republic from advancing its air defense squadrons, declaring that the country is seeking to upgrade its fighter aircraft technology to an even higher degree.

“In the aerial industry, we have come by very great achievements despite the sanctions that have been imposed by the [world’s] hegemonic system,” the Defense Ministry cited Brigadier General Amir Hatami as saying on Wednesday.

The official made the remarks during a trip to India, where he is scheduled to join a summit of his counterparts from the countries that border the Indian Ocean.

Picture provided by IRNA on February 3, 2021 shows Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami (3rd,R) speaking to media during a trip to India.

Hatami went on to enumerate some of the products that have been wheeled out by the defense industry since 2018, when the United States returned its high-handed sanctions against the Islamic Republic after leaving a nuclear accord between Iran and other countries.

The indigenously-produced advanced Kowsar fighter jets and the Yasin training fighter plane as well as different helicopters and unmanned aerial aircraft “serve as some of the examples [of the progress],” he said, adding, “We are after upgrading the technologies" used in the area.

The minister also predicted a “favorable horizon and outlook” for the Iran’s aerial industry. He expressed hope that domestic experts would continue to lead the country towards advanced technologies “as fast as possible.”

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