Iran to buy more fighter jets to boost defense capabilities: commander


TEHRAN,   (Xinhua) — Iran plans to purchase more fighter jets to boost the country’s air defense capabilities, a senior Iranian army commander said on Wednesday.

Talks are underway on the purchase of new aircrafts, Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the second-in-command of the Iranian Army, was quoted by Press TV as saying.

Pourdastan did not provide details as to what type of aircraft or from which country the fighter jets would be purchased.

In the meantime, the fighter jets of Iran’s Air Force “have been overhauled and are ready to defend the country and counter any threats,” the commander added.

Earlier this month, Iran held an international aviation exhibition in the southern Kish Island to display the latest developments in the aircraft and aviation industry.

Iran deployed its MiG-29 and home-made Saeqeh fighter jets to Kish Island in addition to other types of warplanes, including F-4, F-14 and F-1.

Major international aircraft manufacturers, including Airbus, as well as spare parts manufacturing companies attended the show.

Furthermore, both the Russian Knights Acrojet team and the Latvian Baltic Bees team displayed their capabilities during the air-show.