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The Iranian F-313.

…see its shadow if it’s introduced to the world for the first time on Groundhog Day?

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi unveiled the Qaher F-313 fighter February 2 in Tehran. The debut came as Iran marked the 34th anniversary of the 1979 revolution, which replaced the U.S.-backed shah with an Islamic regime that has held power ever since.

“This advanced fighter jet with unique physical characteristics has a very low radar cross section and therefore is capable of operating at low altitudes,” Vahidi said, according to Mehr news agency.

“Very low radar cross-section” is how you say “stealth” in Farsi. (“Qaher” is Farsi for “Conqueror”.)

Western experts have quickly begun picking the plane apart, based on the photographs broadcast on Iranian television. It’s too small overall, its cockpit is too cramped, and it lacks an afterburner nozzle.

Nonetheless, the Iranians are proud of their homegrown aerial hotrod. “All its parts, from A to Z, have been manufactured domestically,” Hassan Parvaneh, Qaher project manager, told state TV.

Speaking of domestic production: funny how the West so quickly dismisses Iran’s fighter program, but so profoundly fears its nuclear program.

Wonder what would happen if Tehran put more of that on state-run TV?

4 comments
Gcracker3000
Gcracker3000

The top pic is nothing more than forced perspective. Any modeler could have done this with styrene and paint. I'm very proud of Iran for producing all parts of this aircraft domestically. That means they've mastered making plastic, cardboard, paper, cloth and paint. Also, why would they have given it a Western designation of "F" for fighter? Nice try.

dthomas5010
dthomas5010 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Is Iran's Space Monkey going to fly this plane?

Denesius
Denesius

@dthomas5010 He already did- that's him explaining the plane afterwards. Anyone that knows anything about aviation & aerodynamics would realize that at its small size, this thing is at best a manned surveillance aircraft. There is no fighter here.