Iran unveils home-made ‘stealth’ fighter Qaher F313

Qaher F313

Iran has unveiled a new home-made combat aircraft, which officials say can evade radar.

The single-seat Qaher F313 (Dominant F313) is the latest design produced by Iran’s military since it launched the Azarakhsh (Lightning), in 2007.

President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad said it had “almost all the positive features” of the world’s most sophisticated jets.

He said the “development of the Iranian nation’s military power is… for deterrence and defensive purposes”.

In an unveiling ceremony inside a Tehran hangar broadcast on State TV on Saturday, Mr Ahmadinejad said he ranked the aircraft as “among the most advanced fighter jets in the world”.

Pictures of the jet were released by state television, showing a steely grey jet that Iran’s Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said was built with “advanced materials” and had a very low radar signature.

The ceremony was timed to coincide with the 34th anniversary of the 1979 revolution, which replaced the US-backed shah with an Islamic regime.

Iran this week claimed to have successfully sent a monkey into space in a Pishgam rocket, which reached an altitude of some 120km (75 miles) for a sub-orbital flight.

Western nations responded by expressing concern that Iran’s space programme was being used to develop long-range missiles that could potentially be used to carry nuclear warheads.

Iran denies it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons and insists its nuclear programme is solely for peaceful purposes.

Analysis

by Cyrus Amini,

The Qaher F313 looks like a cheap copy of the American F22 and its capabilities are unknown. State TV did not even show its take-off or landing. Iran is in dire need of planes to boost its ageing fleet. The 1980-1988 Iraq-Iran war left a big dent in Iran’s air force arsenal of US-supplied planes.

Damaged ones were used for spare parts and some of them (mostly Northrop F-5s) were turned into a new generation of planes like the Azarakhsh. Their capabilities are also unknown as they have not seen any real action.

Iran has been under tight sanctions since its war with Iraq and has not been allowed to obtain new hardware or spare parts for its old fleet. Buying Russian or Chinese jet fighters is not a ready option for Iran due to new sanctions imposed over its controversial nuclear programme.

So the big challenge for Iranian military planners remains – having an air force that it can maintain and support locally, as buying parts on black market has been very costly.

 

BBC

  • joey

    lets hope there is no monkey in it this time

    • 5thDrawer

      Might have been more useful to be friendly with the west, and simply read about the US monkey-time in the now-ancient past of early space flight.
      But I remember, of course, that they don’t like real history anyway….

  • joey

    lets hope there is no monkey in it this time

    • 5thDrawer

      Might have been more useful to be friendly with the west, and simply read about the US monkey-time in the now-ancient past of early space flight.
      But I remember, of course, that they don’t like real history anyway….

  • ghzayel

    2 questions come to mind:

    1-what ever happened to the iranian space monkey???
    2- if the monkey returned safely to earth, is he going to fly the iranian wonder jet??? lollllllll

    • FreetheME1

      If the monkey didn’t make it back safely it won’t matter, there are plenty of monkeys amongst the FSA

  • ghzayel

    2 questions come to mind:

    1-what ever happened to the iranian space monkey???
    2- if the monkey returned safely to earth, is he going to fly the iranian wonder jet??? lollllllll

    • FreetheME1

      If the monkey didn’t make it back safely it won’t matter, there are plenty of monkeys amongst the FSA

  • FreetheME1

    Congratulations to the Islamic republic of Iran. You have proven time and time again what a power house you really are. Unlike us Arabs.

    • 5thDrawer

      We’ll wait for congrats until we see this ‘copy’ fly, Free.

      • IraniAngel

        so this is a copy?? what does that make the nuclear program? Shouldnt you also wait worring until you see the a-bomb… rather: wait until the a-bomb blows you up?

        • 5thDrawer

          I worry about nuclear power … period. It was a happy thought, but has had too many accidents to prove any safety in it’s use. If we put that amount of money into solar panels, especially in countries that the Sun God Ra lives in, we wouldn’t be chatting about it at all.
          And remember, Ra doesn’t raise rates.

          • IraniAngel

            Dear 5th. if you take a walk in the streets of tehrAngel, you will discover that we are already using a lot of solar energy.. those so called panels are everywhere.. street lamps and bus stops for instance. the two things are not mutually exclusive

        • FreetheME1

          Brother, uncertainty is one of the biggest fear humans have. The fact that Iran is now on the world stage as one of the most powerful countries in the world scares the crap out of a lot a people.

          • IraniAngel

            Agreed ๐Ÿ™‚

  • FreetheME1

    Congratulations to the Islamic republic of Iran. You have proven time and time again what a power house you really are. Unlike us Arabs.

    • 5thDrawer

      We’ll wait for congrats until we see this ‘copy’ fly, Free.

      • IraniAngel

        so this is a copy?? what does that make the nuclear program? Shouldnt you also wait worring until you see the a-bomb… rather: wait until the a-bomb blows you up?

        • 5thDrawer

          I worry about nuclear power … period. It was a happy thought, but has had too many accidents to prove any safety in it’s use. If we put that amount of money into solar panels, especially in countries that the Sun God Ra lives in, we wouldn’t be chatting about it at all.
          And remember, Ra doesn’t raise rates.

          • IraniAngel

            Dear 5th. if you take a walk in the streets of tehrAngel, you will discover that we are already using a lot of solar energy.. those so called panels are everywhere.. street lamps and bus stops for instance. the two things are not mutually exclusive

        • FreetheME1

          Brother, uncertainty is one of the biggest fear humans have. The fact that Iran is now on the world stage as one of the most powerful countries in the world scares the crap out of a lot a people.

          • IraniAngel

            Agreed ๐Ÿ™‚

        • FreetheME1

          Brother, uncertainty is one of the biggest fear humans have. The fact that Iran is now on the world stage as one of the most powerful countries in the world scares the crap out of a lot a people.