Iran is considering development of a new air-to-air missile to increase the aerial combat capabilities of the country’s air force.

Deputy commander of the IRAF Lieutenant General Aziz Nasirzadeh said the Islamic Republic Air Force (IRAF) was working on a project to develop a missile stronger than the Phoenix missile.

The new missile will include active guidance mode to enable it to travel longer distances, and enhance its navigation and manoeuvrability, according to PressTV.

The Iranian version of the AIM-54 Phoenix could be mounted in groups of six on the IRAF’s multifunction F-14 Tomcat interceptors.

Nasirzadeh said the IRAF had successfully tested a new indigenously built unmanned stealth aircraft known as Stingray.