Iran unveils new indigenous stealth fighter “Qaher 313″. And here’s a detailed analysis.

Feb 02 2013 - 317 Comments

On Feb. 1, 2013, Iran unveiled its indigenous fighter jet named “Qaher 313″.

The prototype of the Q-313 (or F-313 according to the stencils applied to the aircraft), was presented to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and publicly displayed as part of the Ten-Day Dawn ceremonies held in Iran to celebrate the 1979’s victory of the Islamic Revolution.

In the previous days, the Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi had said, “The aircraft will be different from the other fighter jets Iran has already made.”

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Indeed, based on the first photographs released by the FARS News Agency, the new stealthy jet has a really peculiar design. It features hard edges and those distinctive edges and angle of the U.S. F-22 and the twin tail shape much similar to that of the F-35 Lightning II.

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The Q-313 has large, seemingly fixed canards, and little wings whose external section is canted downward.

The canopy material is at least odd (based on its transparency, it looks like plexiglass or something like that).

The cockpit seems to be basic (a bit too much for a modern plane – note the lack of wirings behind the front panel and the presence of few instruments, some of those similar to those equipping small private planes…).

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The nose section is so small almost no radar could fit in it.

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The air intakes are extremely small (they remind those of current drones/unmanned combat aerial vehicles) whereas the engine section lacks any kind of nozzle: engine afterburners could melt the entire jet.

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And, above all, the aircraft is way to small.

Look at the following image showing an Iranian officer sitting on the ejection seat in the cockpit.

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It looks like this pilot is in a miniature plane.

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Summing up: the shape is interesting with some innovative features but the Q-313 displayed on Feb. 1, 2013, seems to be nothing more than a large mock up model (not properly sized to accomodate a real pilot….).


There is a video allegedly showing the Q-313 in the air. Here it is.

Even if it is not the first flight of the aircraft as some of The Aviationist readers say, the way the depicted plane flies is suspect. It seems a radio-controlled scale model more than a modern fighter jet.

Furthermore, as someone pointed out: if the Qaher 313 actually flew, most probably Tehran would release footage of its takeoff and landing.

Click here to read the article on Business Insider about this and other (more realistic) Iran’s military projects and the risk they pose to the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf.

Image credit: FARS, Mashreghnews

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  • Jeff Bassett

    Obvious copy fof the X-36 and there are RC models of this that would account for the television footage.

  • gundriver

    My favorite is the extension cord running out from the wall to the rotating platform upon which this modern marvel rests. Watch in the video when the rotation stops, the “jet” rocks side to side like an amusement park ride. Disney’s Great Goofini is more aircraft that this poor attempt at propaganda.

  • observer

    WHY would both the “REMOVE BEFORE FLIGHT” banner, and the explosives placard below the canopy sill, BOTH be in English..?? WHY would they not be in Farsi?? :) Just wonderin’ :)

  • Stephen

    I just laughed. That’s the funniest thing I’ve seen since Iran’s “new” indigenous attack helicopter which is just an old AH-1 SuperCobra.

    Please keep this up Iran, my sides are splitting with laughter.

  • WisdomRules

    I am a retired F-16 pilot and now a military analyst for the US Air Force…this is so fake it’s hilarious and the Iranians should feel like the children they are. The average American aircraft homebuilder can build a beautiful, flyable aircraft in their garage in a few thousand hours. The entire nation of Iran’s aircraft industry couldn’t build a convincible fake aircraft. It didn’t even have to fly – it just had to look like it could fly!

    Here are only some of the reasons it is obviously a fake:

    Canopy: Poor quality Plexiglas vacuum molded in someone’s garage. You can’t even make out the flag on the wall next to the fighter looking through it, how do you think you would see the runway to take off and land, let alone a fighter a mile (or more) away? Also, there is no way to lock it down nor any canopy seals to pressurize the cockpit.

    Cockpit: They don’t even have a dashboard cover for the back of the instrument panel. There is no HUD (heads up display) so it would be nearly impossible to actually engage/aim at any aircraft in a visual fight. The instruments, at best, look like they are out of a small civilian airplane, but several don’t even look real. I actually blew up the cockpit picture and you can see the airspeed indicator redlines at 260 knots (or could even be mph – even slower). The ejection seat has a harness for a parachute in the seat but there is no room for a parachute and the seat is too small for an adult (in pictures the “pilot’s” shoulders are against the headrest. You can actually see the fiberglass work around the edge of the cockpit and on the wheel-well just behind the seat. The pilot’s feet extend into the nose only a few feet from the tip…not sure where you would put the radar and other avionics, let alone an antennae big enough to see anything at any usable range.

    Airframe: If you look closely you can actually see the edges of the fiberglass cloth they used in the layup process. The shape is not really stealthy. If you know anything about how stealth actually works, this isn’t it. I won’t go into details but trust me on this. Engine inlets and exhaust are tiny. The inlet’s placement would cause the engine to cease getting enough air in a high angle of attack. There is no engine nozzle for afterburner. No discernible internal weapons bays (essential for stealth) nor external mounts. Since it doesn’t have any way to attach external fuel tanks, there would not be enough internal fuel storage to carry enough fuel for more than a very short flight in any kind of combat. Could not possibly be supersonic in any way (intake design, wing too fat, no afterburner, etc). No visible access panel seams to do any maintenance. The main landing gear couldn’t retract into the wheel-wells unless they go strait up but then they would stick out of the top of the wing!

    Their Stealth Fighter is so laughably fake I can’t believe the Iranians are stupid enough to think anyone would be fooled by this (except for Ahmedinejad – maybe the military was just trying to fool him?). Or maybe this was the world’s most masterful double switchback deception – they build this incredibly stupid fake, convincing us that they are so inept that they couldn’t possibly produce a nuclear weapon? Could be…

  • Furtin

    Wow. Just look at the canopy in the last picture. Its so bad handcrafted that when you look through the ripples, it makes you totally sick. Lol, reminds me of funfair vehicles.

  • Paul

    This is a total farce. A mock-up to be sure, and one that if built, would not work. The cockpit is a joke, and if stealth were a real objective of thsi would fail, as most of the pilot AND the ejection seat are exposed to return radar waves. This looks more like a pull-toy than a real aircraft. Humorous at best..nice try at fooling everyone. Just look at the ledges of the cockpit area..what is that..plywood with a Bondo filler behind it? The jet mock-ups used in the movie “Stealth”,
    there were some pieces of believable work. Iran’s “whateveritis” is a laughable pull-toy.

  • amir

    the man who is sitting in the cockpit is my father.
    the fighter is real.but it’s too expensive.

  • Luuqi

    Well, if f117 thing could why i will not be surprised they wil lsomehow put this in air. Even trough i doubt it be an usefull plane & never go in mass production..

    • Michael L. Hoenig

      Are you even aware that the F-117 can only fly with the aid of its computers? It’s a brick, my friend…a brick.

  • Amir Ghorbanifard

    Hey guys you got it all wrong!! it´s ment to be placed in a park so children could play with it ;D

  • kizi 2

    Great view to see. Great article

  • Friv

    Do Su-30?


    I am an Iranian. i saw the plane approaching … Qaher-313 in very very danger ;) ((one of means to destroy you))

  • friv 2 friv 3 friv 4

    No its a fiberglass fake. just like everything else in Iran…

  • BehindEL

    I can’t believe I missed this article. This video just made my day. I needed a good laugh!

  • BDub

    its Turbine powered R/C Jet. Go to you tube, the engine sounds like a JetCat.

  • bobw-66554432

    The sloppiness of the flight path (wings waggling, etc.) looks exactly like a ducted fan model in flight.

  • Billy

    Where do you put the coin in? The “pilot” looks a wee bit LARGE.

  • Gio Pí

    this is hilarious!!

  • Vijay Mehra

    nice go-kart