Tehran (IP) - The Fakour-90 missile should be considered the first Iranian model of the Phoenix missile that has been designed and built with the extensive efforts of Iranian experts and put into operation during the years 2009 to 2011.

Iran PressIran News: The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force is one of the most powerful air forces in West Asia, which has a diverse range of fighter jets.

One of the most important fighter jets of this force is the F-14 Tomcat interceptor fighter, which has a brilliant history in the 8-year imposed war (Iran-Iraq war) with the downing of over 130 enemy aircraft.

Fakour missile is designed and built accurately and with the same quality as the original model but is considered a mid-range missile according to the threats of the day.

The Fakour missile was developed by the Aerospace Industries Organization of the Ministry of Defense and Iran's Air Force Self-Sufficiency Jihad. Its construction was announced in October 2011, but in April 2017, during a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani, the Ministry of Defense's achievements were officially unveiled.

The first official exhibition of the Fakour-90 missile took place in a parade on April 18, 2013.

The Fakour missile production line was inaugurated on July 23, 2018, in the presence of the Minister of Defense, Brigadier-General Amir Hatami.

Although the Fakour-90 missile was originally designed and built for the F-14, it is set to be installed on other Air Force fighters, and different versions of the Fakour-90 will likely be unveiled.

The important point after the unveiling of Fakour is the possibility of developing anti-ship and anti-radar models based on it, which can be a suitable platform for this purpose due to its sufficient range and supersonic flight speed.

Although the Fakour missile weighs more than the Phoenix, its mass production and high capabilities using new guidance and electronic warfare system is a temporary solution until the development of a complete native version of the Phoenix missile, the long-range active radar missile named 'Maqsoud'.

The first generation of the Fakour-90 air-to-air missile was designed and built using the Shalamcheh missile engine, the M112 engine, but with wings similar to the Phoenix missile and with the same weight as the Shalamcheh missile. This missile was unveiled in April 2017, and after completing its production line, it was inaugurated in August 2018.

The purpose of using the Phoenix missile configuration is to make it possible to carry the Fakour missile in the positions under the fuselage of the F-14 fighter because the possibility of carrying a Hawk / Sejjil / Shalamcheh missile under the F-14 fuselage due to the size of the wingspan, if not impossible, is practically very far from reach.

Production of Fakour-90 air-to-air missiles with advanced flight electronics is an important step in increasing Iran's F-14 interceptors' deterrent capacity.

At a much lower cost than foreign models and numerous tests conducted during the development phase, these missiles have entered service in large numbers and can be used to defend the country's sky and destroy a variety of targets recognizable by the powerful radar of F-14 fighters.

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