Despite sanctions imposed by the West for its nuclear ambitious, the Islamic Republic of Iran has managed to lay the ground work on a burgeoning military-industrial complex. This has led to a growing stable of homegrown products for its various military services as well as for interested foreign customers locked out of purchasing more complex, expensive Western technology. One recent product to emerge from the Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industries Corporation (HESA) is the HESA "Yasin" - an all-modern Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) offering with a secondary light-attack role planned.
The aircraft was first unveiled in October of 2019. Design work is attributed to the Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) with input from the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF).
At its core, the aircraft is largely conventional in both form and function, consistent with other AJT offerings seen across the globe. This basic approach sees a tandem-seat cockpit with large-area clear-view canopy set behind a sharp nosecone assembly offering excellent vision. The fuselage is slab-sided and terminates with a short empennage capped by a single vertical tailfin and low-set horizontal planes. At the sides of the fuselage are mount the turbojet engines, aspirated outside the cockpit wall by a rounded intake and exhausted at the rear of the wingroot structure by way of circular port. The mainplanes originated from these wingroot structures and are low-mounted members with clipped tips and sweepback featured along the leading edge. For ground-running, a conventional tricycle (wheeled, retractable) undercarriage is featured.
Internally, the crew of two is given all-modern instrument panels as well as redundant controls. Both positions are set to feature ejection seats.
Dimensions of the aircraft include a running length of 40.1 feet, a wingspan of 34 feet, and a height of 13 feet. Empty weight is 8,600lb against an MTOW of 14,550lb.
Power is from 2 x Owj non-afterburning turbojet engines delivering 3,600lb of thrust each. This propels the aircraft to speeds of 620 miles-per-hour out to ranges of 560 miles and a service ceiling of 36,000 feet. Ferry range is 750 miles.
A light-attack role is planned for the development of this aircraft which will result in several hardpoints being featured under the aircraft. It is assumed this will comprise at least a single ventral fuselage centerline mounting as well as a pair of hardpoints under each wing mainplane member (for a total of five external hardpoints). Such aircraft typically carry an array of Close-Air Support (CAS) solutions such as gun pods, rocket pods, missiles, fuel tanks and the like.
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October 2019 - The HESA Yasin was unveiled to the public for the first time.
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
✓Close-Air Support (CAS)
Developed to operate in close proximity to active ground elements by way of a broad array of air-to-ground ordnance and munitions options.
Developed ability to be used as a dedicated trainer for student pilots (typically under the supervision of an instructor).
✓- Training (Advanced)
Dedicated advanced training platform for student pilots having graduated from basic flight training.
Incorporates two or more engines, enhancing survivability and / or performance.
Mainplanes, or leading edges, features swept-back lines for enhanced high-speed performance and handling.
PILOT / CREW EJECTION SYSTEM
Assisted process of allowing its pilot and / or crew to eject in the event of an airborne emergency.
Supports pressurization required at higher operating altitudes for crew survival.
Features partially- or wholly-enclosed crew workspaces.
Features retracting / retractable undercarriage to preserve aerodynamic efficiency.
40.2 ft (12.25 m)
34.1 ft (10.40 m)
13.1 ft (4.00 m)
8,598 lb (3,900 kg)
12,125 lb (5,500 kg)
+3,527 lb (+1,600 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base HESA Yasin production variant)
monoplane / low-mounted / swept-back
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
Mainplanes are low-mounted along the sides of the fuselage.
The planform features wing sweep back along the leading edges of the mainplane, promoting higher operating speeds.
(Structural descriptors pertain to the base HESA Yasin production variant)
2 x Owj non-afterburning turbojet engines developing 3,600lb of thrust each.
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base HESA Yasin production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
LIGHT ATTACK ROLE:
Assumed five external hardpoint for the carrying of various munitions including gun pods, rocket pods, air-to-air / air-to-surface missiles, precision guided bombs, conventional drop bombs, and fuel tanks. Also mission pods.
(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 5
Note: Diagram above does not take into account inline hardpoints (mounting positions seated one-behind-the-other).
Yasin - Base Project Name.
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