The ninth edition of Iran’s Kish Air Show kicked off on the southern island of Kish in the Persian Gulf on Monday. The air show is set to run until November 29.
Several high-ranking officials, including Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami, Iranian Air Force Commander Aziz Nasirzadeh and Head of the Iran Aviation Industries Organisation (IAIO) Abdolkarim Banitarafi, participated in the event.
Banitarafi stressed that unilateral sanctions reinstated by the US against Iran failed to have an impact on its industries. “If these sanctions could stop us, we would not be able to reach this level, we would not be able to see progress in the field of stem cell [technology], and we would not be able to reach this level in aviation. Therefore, sanctions give opportunities for us.”
Hatami said that the event shows that “our fighter jets are ready and can fly and carry out complicated maneuvers, at a time when they [the US] did not want us to have fighter aircraft.”
Some 105 domestic and 10 foreign exhibitors are reportedly taking part in the four-day event, showcasing their latest achievements in the aviation and aerospace industries.
An international aviation conference is also held on the sidelines of the Kish Air Show in cooperation with the Aerospace Research Institute.
The Kish Air Show, also known as Persian Gulf Airshow, is held biennially on Kish Island. The first edition of the air show was held in 2002, with 11 foreign companies from Germany, Russia, the UK, France and Pakistan, among others, attending the event.
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