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 - 65 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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  • Mark Gunz

    Nice powered go-cart.

  • LegOfAhab

    Reminds me of the plane from the Clint Eastwood movie “Firefox” — MIG-31. I’m old.

    • Andrew Tubbiolo

      I’ll bet the pilot has to think in Farsi, only Farsi! And of course end all commands with “inchalla”.

    • Uniform223

      The wing shape/design… MAYBE. The rest of the “aircraft” though, I’m just not seeing it.

  • leroy

    If you think we’re laughing, you should hear the Saudis! The Sheiks of the House of Saud are probably breathing a BIG sigh of relief. Then … laughter!

  • veej7485

    no, its not real, its a sham project. What would the point be of making a 1/6 model after 4 years, and then in 7 years come up with a full sized model?

  • MACHGLOBAL

    As the author indicated I think the exhaust without the correct design of exhaust nozzles, (China had the same issue) will light it up..

  • Rakean Jaya

    First you ignore them, then you laugh at them, then you fight them, then you cry.

  • Rat Bazturd

    ya’ll know the Iranian aircraft engineers are furiously documenting every comment here so they can go back, fix their “design”, and finally get this farce start to resemble a real airplane !

  • omegatalon

    When the Qaher F-313 was first introduced the conclusion was that it borrowed from McDonnell Douglas’ X-36; but it’s obvious that the design has changed and is now using design borrowed from Lockheed’s F-35 and the forward canards of China’s J-20 as it’s anyone’s guess on the radar cross section of the aircraft or even how the aircraft might perform in attempting a high-g maneuver.

    • Ty Harris

      Its actually based on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. No worries about high G maneuvers since its a toy model and cannot fly.

  • cat l bert

    First there was the Boeing Bird of Prey. Now there’s the Iranian Bird of Play. Still just a prop awaiting installation on an amusement park ride. Beware the impending (ahem) shortage of Iranian midgets. The basic design is all wrong from the get go.

  • Ty Harris

    The numbers are a vital component. LoL. Thats an impressive acheivement.

  • Ty Harris

    Agree. Definitely want to use guns on this one.

  • Ty Harris

    Good defensive design. It stays on the ground. Why didnt the US think of this for our planes!

  • Gatorski0827

    How many of you remember Firefox? I believe ol’ Clint Eastwood had the designs for this fighter in the 80’s……..so much for their air supremacy…..

  • Chris

    Well I appreciate your comments as well.

  • leroy

    I said “Iranians” not “Persians”. Iranian society, it’s governance and other societal structures, have screwed the nation up. Get rid of the religious fanatic-fundamentalists and perhaps in time that could change. I say perhaps because some belief systems holding people back – these belief systems are not easily changed. Proof? Why have so many left?

  • leroy

    “Your country”? You said you live in the UK. Guess that makes you a liar. Or a traitor. Which is it? And like I said, Iranian is not a race, it’s a country, and your country’s society does not create cutting-edge engineers or industry that can compete on a global basis. Reason? The society is screwed up. If the people escape, Persians (which in itself isn’t even a race), then perhaps they can make something of themselves, but not if they live in Iran, ie; they are Iranians. That’s why they flock to the West. Here, at least they have a chance. And they don’t go back. Wonder why? Because no sane person would want to live in Iran. There, you are not a free man or woman. With the Ayatollahs running things, you never will be!

  • leroy

    Speaking of smearing countries, where have we heard this chanted by millions; “Death to America”? The same country that has killed hundreds of American service people. You think I or any other Westerner should respect Iran? Dream on!

    As for Russia, “Russian” is not a race and as long as people stay in that country with it’s non-democratic government they too will not amount to much. Only if they escape to the West. Like thousands and thousands of Persians have. There is a reason why. You figure it out.

  • Glitchrr36

    While the version shown in the video is pretty much unflyable, I wouldn’t be surprised if future prototypes end up being decent as the technology matures. I’ve seen videos with scale RC mockups, and the design at least is functional enough to actually fly, with a comparably high thrust/mass ratio.

  • leroy

    The fact that you took all that time shilling about racism, xenophobia, Iranian tech, all that garbage – I sense a lack of self-confidence. I know America is great and don’t have to list the reasons to you.

    You doth protesteth too much, Amir, which says a lot. That and your “race card”. Weak. Why are you trying so hard to convince me? Because you know I’m right! Iran is a backwards, corrupt and evil nation, and nothing you say is gonna change that fact.

    • Amir

      So I prove you wrong in all fronts, and in the end you have nothing to say but “no but I’m right anyway”. Your reply shows who really is right.