what difference would kowsar make in case of confrontation with saudis?? noting. the number they mentioned makes sense for a training and light attack plane.You know how many Kowsars are ordered? Less than 15 over many years! That is a token amount. I will be surprised if we even see that many built.
So tell me, IF Iran has ability to build J-85 at a rapid rate and IF Kowsar has more capability than then current F-5 then why the pathetic order?
How many iterations of F-5 does have Iran have to go to?
Answer is simple, Iran can either refurbish/overhaul existing J-85s and possibly build small numbers of them to replace burned out ones in existing F-5’s.
If it takes Iran 15 years to build 50 J-85 engines then it’s worthless because the engine is obsolete and by 2035 it will be a dinosaur.
RD-33 was a nice engine back in 2003 when Shafagh project was being developed. 16 years later it’s long in the tooth.
Iran Air Force isn’t going to accept a plane with subpar engines. It is willing to buy foreign.
So until you get an actual platform that impresses the Air Force, all your doing is giving a few engineers some fun time on the playground.