“Tehran’s newly unveiled stealth fighter will protect the Persian Gulf,” Iranian official says

Even if the Qaher 313, is no more than a mock-up that will never fly unless it is almost completely redesigned, Iran insists its new home-made stealth fighter aircraft unveiled on Feb. 2, 2013, is “not a paper model” but an “aircraft designed by the Islamic Republic for anti-choppers missions.”


Furthermore the F-313’s mission would be “protecting security in the Persian Gulf.”

This is what a senior Iranian defense ministry official said on Apr. 16 according to the FARS News Agency.

Addressing a group of Iranian soldiers, Deputy Defense Minister General Majid Bokayee pointed to the “confused remarks made by the US military analysts about the features and specifications of the aircraft,” explaining that the Qaher 313, designed and developed at a cost of 2 to 3 million USD, has a “unique” structure, will be armed with home-made weapons and equipments and it will feature capabilities that will stun enemies on the battlefield.

According to the Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi, the Qaher 313 is an advanced aircraft with a very small Radar Cross Section, capable of taking off from short runways and flying at low altitude like no other most advanced western plane.

A detailed analysis of the reasons why the F-313 is no more than a joke can be found here. You can find a video allegedly showing the Qaher in the air at the bottom of this post.

Judge by yourself.

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