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Iran unveils first domestic fighter jet

TEHRAN: Iran unveiled its first domestic fighter jet at a defence show in Tehran on Tuesday. Images on state television showed President Hassan Rouhani sitting in the cockpit of the new "Kowsar" plane at the National Defence Industry exhibition. It is a fourth-generation fighter, with "advanced avionics" and multi-purpose radar, the Tasnim news agency said, adding that it was "100-percent indigenously made". State TV said the plane had already been through successful testing and showed it waiting on a runway for its…

Iran to unveil new fighter jet, develop missiles: minister

DUBAI: Iran will unveil a new fighter jet next week and continue developing missile capabilities as a top priority, the defence minister said on Saturday, defying new US sanctions aimed at curbing Tehran’s missile program and regional influence. Iran’s navy also announced on Saturday that it has mounted a locally built advanced defensive weapons system on one of its warships for the first time, as tensions mount with the US military in the Gulf. US President Donald Trump withdrew the United States in May from a 2015…

Saudi Arabia to get 48 typhoon jets from UK under new deal

RIYADH: Britain and Saudi Arabia signed commercial deals worth more than $2 billion (1.44 billion pounds) during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to London which ended on Friday, a joint statement said, without providing details. At the start of the trip, the countries set themselves a 65 billion pound ($90 billion) trade and investment target for the coming years, with London looking for new post-Brexit markets for its services sector, and Prince Mohammed seeking to convince wary investors his country is a…

VIDEO: Pilot dies as airshow stunt goes wrong in Italy

A horrific moment was recorded on camera by hundreds of thousands of onlookers when a Eurofighter pilot crashed into the sea after a stunt went wrong during an Italian airshow. Captain Gabriele Orlandi was killed when the Italian Air Force F-2000A Typhoon crashed into the sea just off the coast of Terrancia - 47 miles south of Rome. The accident happened during an air show on the seafront of TerracinaShocking Twitter footage shows the £125m aircraft streaking above the clouds as it starts a huge loop-the-loop…

France and Germany to develop new European fighter jet

PARIS: France and Germany unveiled plans on Thursday to develop a European fighter jet, burying past rivalries as part of a raft of measures to tighten defense and security cooperation. The move to develop a new warplane accelerates steps that are expected to shape the future of the European fighter industry and its three existing programs - the Eurofighter, France's Rafale and Sweden's Gripen. The move also reflects efforts to give fresh impetus to Franco-German relations in the aftermath of Britain's decision to…

What is the ‘Mother of All Bombs’?

KABUL: The United States has dropped a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb, otherwise known as the 'Mother of All Bombs', on an Islamic State stronghold in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province. It is the first time the bomb, developed in the early days of the Iraq war, has been used in combat. Also Watch Video shows the moment US dropped ‘Mother of All Bombs’ in Afghanistan The 9.8-tonne guided bomb, the largest non-nuclear weapon in America's arsenal, is described by the US-based GlobalSecurity.org…

China unveils its J-20 fighter jet at air show

BEIJING: Two of China's secretive J-20 warplanes swept over a gasping crowd at the Zhuhai air show Tuesday, potent symbols of Beijing's aspirations to military might.   The fighters were not announced on the schedule and appeared in the sky just after a colourful aerobatics show by the People's Liberation Army Air Force. With no fanfare but an abrupt announcement by the master of ceremonies, the dark, powerful jets rumbled side by side over the sun-baked spectators. Two minutes later one blasted vertically into the sky…