|Iranian Yasin trainer jet takes first flight.|
On October 17, 2019, Iran unveiled its new "Yasin" advanced trainer jet. It was designed and built by Iranian military specialists to train fighter pilots and cover light combat missions. The aircraft, previously known as Kowsar-88, was shown during a ceremony at the Shahid Noje AFB, western province of Hamedan, in the presence of military and civil authorities including Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami, vice president of scientific and technological affairs Sorena Sattari and the commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh.
According to the Public Relations Department of the Iranian Army, the aircraft made its first flight on the same day of the ceremony at the behest of the Air Force’s Commander. The Yasin is 12 meters long and 4 meters high and weighs 5,5 tons. It is equipped with a zero/zero ejection seat that is able to push the pilots out of the cocckpit in less than a second at a minimum height of 100 meters. In addition, it boasts two turbojet engines able to offer a thrust of around 7,000 pounds, and to operate at a minimum speed of only 200 kilometers per hour. The nation says that Yasin is among the best military jets in the world in terms of take-off and landing capabilities.
Written by Matteo Sanzani