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IAIO Kowsar-88


Advanced Jet Trainer / Light Strike Aircraft


Iran | 2022



"The twin-seat, twin-engine IAIO Kowsar-88 is a largely indigenous Iranian venture into the world of advanced flight training - set to be introduced in the early 2020s."



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Like the nations of Brazil, India and Turkey, Iran seeks to become more militarily independent through local industry. This thinking has given rise to a new indigenous product advanced jet trainer known as "Kowsar-88" being developed by Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO). The aircraft was unveiled in April 2017 and is planned for a first-flight sometime in late-2017 or early-2018 (the latter more likely). A scheduled five-year test program sets service entry for the early 2020s.

The Iranian Air Force has been flying American-designed, jet-powered Northrop F-5 Tiger jet fighters for decades and this no doubt has provided much-needed experience in the maintenance and repair of lightweight high-speed aircraft.

Externally, the aircraft is highly conventional as advanced jet trainers go. It seats its crew of two, in tandem, under a long-running, largely unobstructed canopy (hinged along starboard side) aft of a short nosecone (housing one of two embedded avionics suites). The wing mainplanes are low-set along the fuselage sides and mostly straight in their lines with clipped tips (slight sweepback is noted along the leading edges). The tailplane arrangement is traditional, encompassing a single vertical stabilizer and a pair of low-set, all-moving horizontal planes. The undercarriage is of a tricycle arrangement and retractable, involving a single-wheeled nose leg and a pair of single-wheeled main legs. Flight controls are hydraulically actuated. Another avionics fit is set behind the second cockpit.

The engine, detailed as the "J90" (an Iranian engineered version of the famous General Electric J85 turbojet used in the F-5), is a turbofan manufactured locally. These are fitted at the wing roots, aspirated by half-moon intakes along the fuselage sides and exhausted through smallish ports a short distance away.

Revealed specifications include a wingspan of 36 feet and a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of 13,620lb.

As it stands (July 2017), the Iranian air service has commissioned for fifty of these aircraft in its effort to modernize amidst ongoing sanctions pushed by the West. Ground testing is said to have begun with flight-testing set to follow in late-2017.

Beyond its intended advanced jet trainer role, the Kowsar-88 is also being explored for the light attack / Close Air Support (CAS) role though there has been little evidence to date to suggest that much work in the latter has been completed.

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July 2017 - The Kowsar-88 was showcased at MAKS 2017 in Moscow.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the IAIO Kowsar-88 Advanced Jet Trainer / Light Strike Aircraft.
2 x J90 turbofan engines (General Electric J85 turbojet) developing an estimated 5,000lb of thrust each.
Propulsion
932 mph
1,500 kph | 810 kts
Max Speed
49,213 ft
15,000 m | 9 miles
Service Ceiling
1,367 miles
2,200 km | 1,188 nm
Operational Range
25,000 ft/min
7,620 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the IAIO Kowsar-88 Advanced Jet Trainer / Light Strike Aircraft.
2
(MANNED)
Crew
40.7 ft
12.40 m
O/A Length
36.0 ft
(10.97 m)
O/A Width
11.5 ft
(3.50 m)
O/A Height
5,346 lb
(2,425 kg)
Empty Weight
13,618 lb
(6,177 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
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Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the IAIO Kowsar-88 Advanced Jet Trainer / Light Strike Aircraft .
None. Five hardpoints (fuselage centerline, 2x4 underwing).
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the IAIO Kowsar-88 family line.
Kowsar 88 - Base Series Name.
Yasin - Alternative project name.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the IAIO Kowsar-88. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 1 Units

Contractor(s): Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) - Iran
National flag of Iran

[ Iran (probable) ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 1000mph
Lo: 500mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (932mph).

Graph Average of 750 MPH.
Era Crossover
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Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
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Production Comparison
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44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
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Trans
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ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to airborne requirements.
CLOSE-AIR SUPPORT
TRAINING
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
Similar
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