The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force has spent the past 33 years searching for an advanced jet trainer. Is it now on the cusp of a breakthrough? Babak Taghvaee reports
The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) has been in search of an advanced jet trainer to replace its 15 Northrop F-5B Freedom Fighters and 18 Chengdu FT-7N Air Guards for 33 years. The force currently believes that its long-awaited solution is the Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industries Corporation (HESA) Yasin Advanced Pilot Training Jet (Yasin APT).