Iran has less than 350 jet fighters dating mostly from the 1960's and 1970's. They are outdated 2nd and 3rd generation fighters, in an era that is focused on 5th generation fighters NOW.
The Syrian airforce in fact has more jet fighters, as does Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt compared to mullah Iran. Israel has over 1000, and the USA over 5000, with another 5000 in storage.
We do not understand why the puppet Mullahs, installed by the USA/UK have not made greater efforts in 32 years of their donkey like rule, to produce domestically produced jet fighters. Especially after 1991, when air-power was used to destroy the forces of CIA-Saddam, and again in 2003, and in Afghanistan to defeat the CIA-Taliban 2001, and more recently in Libya against CIA-Gaddafi.
The donkey puppet mullahs keep making counter-threats to the aggression from the USA/Israel, specifically that if Iran is attacked there will be a terrible response to any attacks against Iran............fair enough, but with what?
Even the process of building a 4th generation fighter, with a fully functioning assembly plant, supported by 500 other factories which make the approximately 4000 parts of the jet plane will take many years to realize, and then having to find and train the technical personnel to work in such factories and assembly plant.
This will be hard given that mullah Iran has deliberately encouraged the mass emigration of about 5,000,000 mostly middle class technical orientated Iranians.....to the West. Some maybe even working in Western defense firms.
For puppet mullah Iran to realize its dream of being a modern technically advanced country, which is also prosperous, it must get rid of its "Arab Wahabi" pretensions, and adopt a more favorable, civilized Persian posture toward the Iranian middle class. The illiterate farmers son joining the Baseeji, on motorbikes and knives has very limited use except in keeping the regime in power, and threatening the middle class led organized opposition. Just maybe some of the $1500 billion taken out of the country will be brought back, and re-invested in Iran, if the mullah follows the right policies.
Iran does not make its own planes, and certainly does not mass produce them, therefore the article below is an out right lie.
What Iran has done is taken parts from existing F-5 Tigershark planes brought from the USA in the 1960's, added two rear fins and produced less than a dozen of them....and thats it, mass production Iranian style. Their new Saeqeh and Azarakhsh jet fighters.
We hope Persia one day can mass produce its exclusively own jet fighter that has not been copied from the USA. This will be a great achievement since the flight of the world's first jet fighter in 1938.
Of immediate requirement for Iran's defense is of course a huge AA force with 30--40,000 such guns, which are easier to make under license, or brought from China and Russia, or even leased from such countries over a few years to fill a gap in the weakness of the air defense system equipped with just 1800 LAA as of now.
In addition about 3000 SAMs batteries as ditto with the AA above.
Iran can work with Pakistan, and also learn from the country in such matters. Pakistan license produces a Chinese Jet fighter, and has been given the luxury of calling it its own domestically produced one (they in reality assemble the parts from China.......Pakistan's industrial base is smaller than Iran's, and certainly does not have the capacity to produce 4000 parts required for a modern jet fighter).
Saeqeh and Azarakhsh fighter jets have no military value since they represent fighters jets from the 1960's of USA origin. Vital resources must not be wasted copying old outdated planes from the USA. It is better copying Russian or Chinese jet fighters. Politically this is also important.
Worthless Jet fighter that should be used as a trainer, which was the original intention of the USA manufacturers in the 1950's, when it was on the drawing board.....and IS used as a trainer still around the world.
Iran to develop new fighter jet
Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi says the country has launched a new project, intended to design and build a new advanced fighter jet.
Brigadier General Vahidi said on Thursday that Iran has gained considerable experience through the design and mass production of its first home-made Saeqeh (Thunderbolt) and Azarakhsh (Lightening) fighter jets, IRNA reported.
He made the remarks in Nojeh air base in the city of Hamedan, located 400 kilometers (248 miles) southwest of the Iranian capital Tehran.
The Iranian defense minister noted that the design and production of advanced home-made fighter jets reveal the competence of Iran's defense industries and prove the futility of the US-led UN sanctions and additional unilateral sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic by the US and its European allies.
Brigadier General Mohammadreza Karshki said last February that the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force has begun an extensive project to design and build the country's most advanced fighter jet.
He added that the Iranian Air Force is cooperating with the nation's Defense Ministry in the project.
The Iranian fighter jet is similar to the US-built F/A-18, although its appearance looks similar to F-5E/F Tiger II.
(I wonder why???????? Can we guess??? If it quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck surely))
The new single-seat bomber has the ability to track down enemy aircraft, engage in combat, target locations on the ground, and carry a load of assorted weapons and ammunition.
Iran unveiled its first squadron of Saeqeh fighter-bombers in an air show in September 2010.