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

The F-313 during taxi tests (highlighted the differences from the first appearance).

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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18 Comments

  1. Well, it seems they’re not joking. However, i was hoping the Qaher will have different design than this. Anyway secret are secret.

  2. Looks like a commercial FLIR turret; some serrated edges on panels, but the canopy gap (also doest look very secure in the closed position. Fat wings outboard at the droop – potential drag issue there. Do the engines have variable nozzles? – must be buried in the rear fuse. The “ejection” seat looks pretty basic, so probably not functional. Probably a sub scale model not intended for flight vs. prototype.

    • Its a phony wooden and fiberglass model. It is only intended to make Iranians think they have some secret national achievement. This “aircraft” would never be able to fly with any utility. Wings are too small, and the down turned tips are just because someone thought it would look futuristic… in fact this would lead to extreme wing tip vertices and aerodynamic losses due to the high over tip spillage (same reason you see commercial airliner wings tip turned up at the tip not down).

      Also the air intakes are well undersized for any real engine, and there is no nozzle on the exhaust exit, There is no room to put any weaponry internal to the fuselage, or enough volume for any fuel load. They have a big round cylinder sticking out of the chin they claim is a FLIR…. so much for stealth.

  3. This is basically a “stealthy” F-5. As for the weird bent wing it looks kinda similar to the Boeing Bird of Prey prototype a couple years back. Anyway without a modern engine I doubt it will be any good even if the airframe actually works.

    • where is the F-5 in that? F-5 has a single engine and does not have any similarity to this one, whatsoever…

      • F-5s were and always have been twin engine. The engines are the same size as the F-5, located as close together as an F-5, with intakes about the same size as an F-5. This is why some suspect they built a mock-up around an F-5 partial airframe, then called it Stealth, when it is a turd from the get go. For the aviation community, this is a joke, especially with some of the other features displayed on the taxi-craft.

    • If China cannot make a good engine to the J-20 and J-31, Iran will never make something decent to this thing

  4. I don’t think alarms bells are going off over this thing. Looks more like they made it for another one of their cheap movies.

    • At least you are not claiming it is a fake like 3 years ago…

      In 3 years you will change your line again to something like: Even though it flies, it won’t be that capable

      and 3 years after that…

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