Iran is in the process of testing a state-of-art stealth fighter jet named Qaher (Conqueror), a top official said on Saturday.
Former Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan pointed to the development process of Qaher by domestic experts, saying that the fighter jet has been designed to conduct close air support missions, Xinhua reported.
Qaher is undergoing pre-flight tests, and among them is fast taxiing test.
Taxiing is the movement of aircraft on the ground, under its own power, in contrast to towing or push-back where the aircraft is moved by a tug.
Dehqan also mentioned the development of another homegrown jet, dubbed Kowsar-88, saying that it is also performing fast taxi runs, preparing to take off.
Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment.