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Tango01 In the TMP Dawghouse07 Nov 2018 3:49 p.m. PST

… "fourth-generation" fighter jet

"Iran started mass-producing locally designed Kowsar fighter jet, Iranian newspapers announced on November 3, 2018. The F-5-derived Kowsar aircraft was unveiled on August 28 in a ceremony attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

In a ceremony in the central city of Isfahan, Iran's Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi and Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami inaugurated the production line of Kowsar at Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industries Company, a firm affiliated to the defense ministry's Aviation Industries Organization…."


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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2018 4:21 p.m. PST

Northrop should sue them for IP theft, and/or production royalties.

Lion in the Stars07 Nov 2018 4:26 p.m. PST

F-5 'derived'? More like F-5 copy with Iranian-built instruments.

StarCruiser07 Nov 2018 5:11 p.m. PST

Well – it's not a bad plane to copy…

coopman07 Nov 2018 5:26 p.m. PST

How many of those can they produce before they go broke?

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2018 5:32 p.m. PST

What scale are they?

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2018 5:43 p.m. PST

1/72nd, I imagine, given previous examples of aircraft they've shown.

Flight Deck Decals 2400 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2018 7:29 p.m. PST

Probably can build a fair amount with the 2 billion cash from the past administration…?

FatherOfAllLogic08 Nov 2018 8:09 a.m. PST

"Mass-produced"? The last time any aircraft was mass-produced was WWII by the USA. (OK, and the Brits, Russians, and Germans.)

Tango01 In the TMP Dawghouse08 Nov 2018 11:29 a.m. PST



Lion in the Stars08 Nov 2018 3:57 p.m. PST

Pretty sure Boeing still mass-produces airliners, and the F16 has had over 4500 built. There were less than 2400 F5s built (and another 1200 T-38 trainers built).

GROSSMAN Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2018 7:54 p.m. PST

Is Kowsar the Iranian word for F-5?

coopman09 Nov 2018 6:19 a.m. PST

That look more like a staged "fake" production photo to me.

FatherOfAllLogic09 Nov 2018 8:03 a.m. PST

Just checked…..Boeing plans to produce 800 aircraft this year.

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