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HESA Saeqeh Saeqeh-80 Azarakhsh-2 fighter aircraft
 
 
 
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Description

The HESA Saeqeh or Saeqeh-80 (Thunderbolt) is an Iranian single seat, twin engine fighter jet. It is the second generation of the Iranian Azarakhsh fighter and, like the first generation, appears to be based on the United States F-5E. The Saeqeh is a joint product of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force and the Iranian Ministry of Defense. The Saeqeh had the ability to track down enemy aircraft, engage in combat, target locations on the ground, and carry an assortment of weapons and ammunition. The first prototype of the jet was shown on state television making a test flight in July 2004. According to the translation by the Washington-Based Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) of a broadcast on Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN), the Saeqeh became operational on September 6, 2006, when it participated in an Iranian military wargame exercise called "Blow of Zulfiqar". In February 2010, the Iranian military has introduced a new squadron of domestically-manufactured Saeqeh fighter-bombers to the country’s Air Force to strengthen its deterrence power. In September 2011, Iran displayed the first squadron of Saeqeh (Thunderbolt) fighter jets produced during an air show staged during military parades at the beginning of the Week of Sacred Defense according to the FARS News Agency.

 
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Design
The Saeqeh is of a conventional design and layout, appearing as something of a slight cross-breed consisting of the American-made Northrop F-5 Tiger and theMcDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. One noticeable difference on the Sa’eqeh is that the single F-5E tail fin of the Azarakhsh was replaced by twin F/A-18 style composite tail fins.
Avionic and combat systems
The Saeqeh will most likely feature a modernized digital cockpit with avionics and armament systems that allow it to compete on the modern battlefield. Her defensive suite is said to be entirely locally-produced within the Iranian military complex, negating the need to procure expensive or limited-function systems from foreign parties.
Propulsion
The J-85 turbojet engines used in the Azarakhsh were replaced with Iranian made afterburning turbofan J-85 engines with substantial technology from the TF-30 engine. These engines have considerably more thrust than their older counterparts.
Armament
Saeqeh armament stable will most likely be largely Russian in origin and include access to the latest in guided-missile and bomb technology.
 
Specifications
Type
fighter aircraft
Country user
Iran
Country producer
Iran
Crew
1
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Engine
Two engine
Speed
1,700 km/h maximum
Range
3,00 km maximum
Weight
4,750 kg
Avionic
Iranian-made modernized digital cockpit with avionics systems.
Dimension

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Saeqeh Azarakhsh-2 Saeqeh-80 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft HESA technical data sheet specifications intelligence description information identification pictures photos images video Iran Iranian Air Force defence aviation industry military technology
 
Saeqeh Azarakhsh-2 Saeqeh-80 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft HESA technical data sheet specifications intelligence description information identification pictures photos images video Iran Iranian Air Force defence aviation industry military technology
Saeqeh Azarakhsh-2 Saeqeh-80 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft HESA technical data sheet specifications intelligence description information identification pictures photos images video Iran Iranian Air Force defence aviation industry military technology
Saeqeh Azarakhsh-2 Saeqeh-80 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft HESA technical data sheet specifications intelligence description information identification pictures photos images video Iran Iranian Air Force defence aviation industry military technology
Saeqeh Azarakhsh-2 Saeqeh-80 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft HESA technical data sheet specifications intelligence description information identification pictures photos images video Iran Iranian Air Force defence aviation industry military technology
 
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