New Photos And Video of Iran’s Homemade F-313 “Qaher” Stealth Jet Have Just Emerged. And Here’s A First Analysis

Apr 15 2017 - 78 Comments

A new prototype of the weird Qaher 313 stealth jet has conducted taxi tests.

Footage and photographs showing a new prototype (marked “08”) of the famous Qaher F-313 stealth fighter jet have just emerged as Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani participated Saturday in an exhibition displaying the achievements that the Defense Ministry Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan gained during the past two years.

Indeed, an “upgraded version” of the “faux stealth fighter” can be observed performing taxi tests. The aircraft appears to be slightly different from the one unveiled on Feb. 2, 2013, that was nothing more than a poorly designed mock-up that would never fly unless it was extensively modified and heavily improved.

Four years ago, the cockpit was basic for any modern plane, the air intakes appeared to be too small, the engine section lacked any kind of nozzle meaning that the engine would probably melt the aircraft’s back-end. Above all, the aircraft was way too small to such an extent its cockpit could not fit a normal-sized human being.

The new prototype (via Defence.pk)

The new prototype retains the original weird shape but has a more realistic cockpit, large enough to accommodate an Iranian test pilot on an ejection seat, with a “normal” canopy (the previous one was clearly made of plexiglass), and a dorsal antenna. It is equipped with dual exhaust nozzles: according to some sources these are U.S. engines, according to others these would be new turbofan engines or modified Iranian J-85s. And, interestingly, a sort of FLIR (Forward Looking Infra-Red) turret was attached to the nose of the aircraft, that also features a white radome.

Although the new prototype is not a complete joke as its predecessor, it is still pretty hard to say whether it will be able to take to the air and land safely without further modifications: the intakes continue to appear smaller than normal (as commented back in 2013, they remind those of current drones/unmanned combat aerial vehicles); the wing are small as well and feature the peculiar design with the external section canted downward whose efficiency is not clear.

As already explained here in the past, Iranian engineers have been able of some impressive achievements in spite of the embargo imposed after the 1979 Revolution: for instance, the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) remains the world’s only operator of the F-14 Tomcat, that Tehran continues to maintain airworthy and enhanced with some domestic avionics upgrades and weapons.

Moreover, Iran is pretty advanced in terms of production and export of drones: Iranian UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are quite popular in the Middle East, where some of them have been extensively used in combat over Syria.

So, let’s be prudent and wait once again for more footage about the F-313 to see if it will eventually be modified to become something real, with a real capability or just a concept or a funny DIY jet.

By the way, according to the latest statements, the Qaher F-313 will be a light close air support aircraft.

H/T to “Al D” for the heads-up

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  • tipoo2

    Sure, all they have to do is drop everything unique about its design and they’re golden!

  • Melika Azizi

    Remember 2013 ? now u are in 2017
    wait until ( 2021/04 ) baby / you badly cry again

    • Phil

      I doubt there will BE a 2021 for Iran, after their nuke facilities are taken out. They are too much a threat to the entire Middle East with the rockets they bought from Russia (with Obama’s $1.7 BILLION Dollars he gave them. Treasonous !!

  • wmac

    and if they are under any type of embargo…

    and FYI Iran has 100 billion of cash reserves and almost no debt. Unlike most western countries…

  • Ryan Lewis
  • Stephen Findlay

    I hit a bump in the road on my Kawasaki ZX-10R one day and it took off for about half a second which is half a second more airtime than this joke of a plane will ever get.

  • Shawn

    They already flew a 1/8th sized model of this during its initial testing phase. Iran builds jets from scratch so if they put the time and money into it, I don’t see why they couldn’t get it off the ground. I’ve seen the wackiest designs actually fly so I don’t see why this won’t.

  • Phil

    They can taxi their TOY as much as they like..it being a “stealth fighter” is ludicrous, just from a design standpoint. The canopy, and ejection seat are a laugh. So rough is the canopy casting that it has wavy distortion lines all through it. The ejection seat is so high as to provide a significant radar return in its own. The exhaust nozzles are shielded (maybe) but from the sides (a little) but not from top, and bottom where it’s really needed to stop heat seeking missiles.
    The turned down wing tips..LOL, you might as well have drive-in movie screens hanging out there to reflect radar !! No, this “stealth” aircraft is a joke. The picture of it “in flight” was probably done in front of a movie screen of the mountains behind it. Besides, it is so tiny, what could it carry for offensive purposes? Nada ! It’s the “Mouse that Roared” all over again, but good as a joke, and for making fun of their attempts at reality illusion,

  • Phil

    Cordell Hughes….LMAO !!!! You hit the nail on the head, and I can picture the pilot going up, and down, rocking nose to tail..EXCELLENT comment !!!

  • Phil

    Martin Manchowder…right on..protecting the vegetables !!!