Iran is developing its
own home-grown fighter jet. Looking very much like a F-5 (file
photo of type, right), Iranian state-run television says it's "more
powerful" because it was "designed, optimised and improved by
Iranian experts" according to the Associated Press.
Named "Saegheh" (translates to "Lightning" in English) in one AP
story, the single-seat aircraft is purportedly capable of employing
both rockets and bombs.
Iran unveiled the aircraft during the large-scale military
excercises they are calling "The Blow of Zolfaghar" that began in
August of this year. In a televised interview Iranian Air Force
Commander General Karim Ghavami said the excercises are intended
"to show the trans-regional forces that we are ready to defend our
country up to the latest drop of our blood."