HESA Shafaq

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Shafaq
ShafaqFighter.png
Role Trainer / Attack aircraft
National origin Iran
Manufacturer Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industrial Company
Designer Aviation University Complex
Introduction 2015
Status Prototype
Primary user Iran
Unit cost
14 million
Developed from M-ATF

The HESA Shafaq or Shafagh (Persian: هواپیمای شفق‎, "Twilight") is an Iranian subsonic stealth aircraft project.[1]

Development[edit]

Reports have indicated that Shafaq will be a sub-sonic aircraft but this might be improved, and it will have a skin of radar-absorbing material according to Iranian officials.[2]

This two-seat Advanced training and Attack aircraft appears to be based[3] on the Russian-Iranian "Project Integral" and are fitted with Russian ejection seats. Reportedly there are plans to produce three versions—one two-seat trainer/light strike version and two one-seat fighter-bomber versions.[1]

The Shafaq is designed by the Aviation University Complex (AUC), part of the Malek-Ashtar University of Technology (MUT). At the start of the program Iran received help from Russia[3] and the aircraft was known as Integral. Russia later backed away from this project due to several reasons[citation needed] and Iran carried on the project by itself and the aircraft became known as Shafaq. The Shafaq is a sub-sonic aircraft,[3] made of radar-absorbing material. It has a large leading edge root extension (LERX) and a root aft of the wing which gives it an unusual circular sub-section.[1]

A 1/7 scale model of the Shafaq has already completed testing in the AUC's wind tunnel and pictures have already been revealed which show that a full-scale model has already been built.[3] The Shafaq will be built in different configurations including a two-seater trainer, a two-seater Light Attack and a one-seater Light Attack variants. Roll-out of the first prototype was scheduled for 2008.[2] The Shafaq's advanced cockpit features color MFDs and a Russian-made K-36D ejection seat.

Specifications[edit]

Data from [3]

General characteristics

Performance

Armament

  • Sattar, Shahbaz, Fatter missiles

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists

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