TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The managing director of the Iran Aviation Industries Organization (AIO) said the country will export planes fully designed and manufactured inside the country in the near future.

Brigadier General Abdolkarim Bnitarafi pointed to the 9th International Iran Air Show, which opened on Iran’s southern island of Kish on Monday, saying that the air show’s objective is to present the country’s aviation achievements and set the ground for closer cooperation between foreign and domestic companies in this area.

During the international event, services and equipment provided by the Iran Aviation Industries Organization will also be introduced, he said.

The official further said Iran has signed contracts with China, Russia and Indonesia to export aviation industry equipment.

He added that in the 10th International Iran Air Show, the AIO is expected to receive its first orders for training planes from foreign countries.   

Back in August, Iran unveiled the country’s first state-of-the-art fighter jet designed and manufactured by domestic military experts.

The homegrown aircraft dubbed “Kowsar” was unveiled ahead of the National Day of Defense Industry, which was marked on August 22.

The advanced fighter jet has been manufactured following extensive research and efforts by the Iranian Defense Ministry’s experts.

It enjoys capabilities such as a highly integrated architecture and a fire control system using the fourth generation of the digital data networks.

The aircraft is capable of carrying various weapons and is used for short aerial support missions.