Azarakhsh is the new beginning of Iran Revolution in which bring the meaning of “Lightning” for Iran fighter plane.
Iran has manipulated and modified the Azarakhsh technology from F-4 & F-5 fighter aircraft from US. It is said to be a 10 to 15 percent larger than the F-5. In April 1997, Iranian Brigadier General Arasteh, a deputy head of the General Staff of the Armed Forced claimed that Iran had successfully designed, constructed and tested the Azarakhsh.
In 2000, Iran already has four examples of the Azarakhsh. As in 2001, the number of inventory increased to six of them and Iran believe that they will have about 30 aircrafts over the following three years.
According to latest news, Iran will produce Azarakhsh in industrial scale (mass production) after successfully tested since 1997.
Azarakhsh fighter plane is believed able to reach it cruising speed of Mach 1.6 and range of 600 km.
By Suhaizam Zahri 9 August 2007 Sungai Petani, Kedah