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Publish Date: 17:55 - 09 February 2015

The warplane, a supersonic, is a twin-seat fighter jet designed and manufactured by the local experts.

In a ceremony held in capital Tehran, the new aircraft was unveiled and delivered to the Iranian Air Force.

Brigadier General Amir Hatami, Deputy Defense Minister of the Islamic Republic, and Lieutenant Commander of the Air Force Brigadier General Alireza Barkhor attended the unveiling ceremony of Saeqeh-2.

According to Hatami, the new fighter’s mission is to provide "close support in tactical operations.”

He noted that another application of the plane is to provide advanced training for pilots.

The deputy minister said many "indigenous systems” have been installed on the homegrown jet.

Iran has made great achievements in recent years in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

Azarakhsh (meaning lightning) was Iran's 1st domestically-manufactured combat jet.

Saeqeh fighter jet is a follow-up aircraft of Azarakhsh. Iran unveiled its first squadron of Saeqeh fighter-bombers in an air show in 2010. Saeqeh-2 comes as a development upon it and an Iranian official recently said it is equipped to track ultra-regional aircraft.

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