(file photo) (Fars)
August 5, 2007 -- Iran today showed off for the first time a new fighter jet said to be modeled on the U.S. F-5, but built using domestic technology.
State media reported that the "Azarakhsh" (Lightning) jet -- one of the first to be home-produced by Iran -- made a successful flight in the central city of Isfahan in a ceremony attended by Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar and other officials.
The development of the plane was first announced in September last year, when military officials said that it was "comparable" to the F-5 fighter.
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Iran tests its Shahab-3 medium-range missile in November 2006 (AFP)
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