Iran unveils futuristic-looking warplane


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad walks to talk with the pilot of the domestically designed and built Qaher (Conqueror) F-313 fighter jet during a ceremony to unveil it in a warehouse in Tehran on February 2, 2013. Iran unveiled the fighter jet with Ahmadinejad touting it as “one of the most advanced” aircraft in the world. AFP PHOTO/ISNA/AMIR POURMAND

TEHRAN — Iran on Saturday unveiled a fighter jet it said was designed and built domestically, with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad touting it as “one of the most advanced” aircraft in the world.

State television footage showed the grey, futuristic-looking aircraft, code-named Qaher (Conqueror) F-313, displayed in a hangar.

The warplane “is among the most advanced fighter jets in the world,” Ahmadinejad told defense ministry top brass at the unveiling, media reports said.

Ahmadinejad said the aircraft was designed and built in Iran, and was test-flown for “thousands of hours” by pilots who are “very satisfied with its performance.”

The unveiling comes as Iran marks the 34th anniversary of the 1979 revolution, which replaced the US-backed shah with an Islamic regime.

Iran traditionally uses the anniversary period to showcase military, space and nuclear advances, against the backdrop of international sanctions.

Ahmadinejad called Qaher “a deterrent” meant to send a “message of peace,” despite its aggressive name.

Media quoted Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi as saying the plane boasted a very low radar signature, and that “advanced materials” were used to build it.

He said, without elaborating, that it is also equipped with “advanced electro-avionics systems.”

Vahidi said the plane could land on short runways and will “meet the needs of the Iranian air force.”

The Islamic republic is subject to a US embargo which prohibits it from buying new fighter jets and spare parts for its aging air force, much of which is of American origin and was bought in a huge pre-revolution spending spree.

Iran also has Russian jets, but in past years has concentrated on developing entirely home-produced warplanes.

Tehran is also locked in a showdown with the UN Security Council over its controversial nuclear programme of uranium enrichment, and talks with world powers aimed at resolving international concerns have been stalled for months.

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  • Palparan

    Iran should test the F-313 against the F-22 or F-35

    • Crazy_horse101010

      ill put my  money on the F-22

    • NoamM

      I think to make it fair we should let it have a go at a spitfire. Much more its level.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        i think a spitfire or a p-47 would give it a run for its money. how could they fly it for thousands of hpurs without someone noticing

      • NoamM

        Wellll its a small plane isn’t it.
        Easy to overlook if a lot of kites are being flown that day.

      • Crazy_horse101010


    • WeAry_Bat

       It’s a gnat which even the old F-14 Tomcat can swat at long distance.

  • Dag Erickson

    Let us not forget that IRAN also recovered crashed UFO’s in the past years and they were able to reverse engineer some of its technology.

  • Leop233

    oh c’mon

  • koy-bili

    it’s the capability and efficiency, much more than futuristic looks, that makes top dogs

  • Edwin

    who the hell you fooled..

  • FernandoBusi

    I don’t think this thing can fly very well. Googled the news for images and I saw a report with the full picture. If it were a UCAV may be it can lift off and maneuver but its size is too small to carry a pilot and a substantial payload easily unless they somehow figured out how to make anti-gravity, Reminds me of those WW2 inflatable tanks and jeeps the Allies used to deceive German reconnaissance.   

  • DurangoJoe

    This is a joke. Looks like a soapbox derby fighter jet. Too small and slightly bigger than a drone.
    How many side-winders, missiles, and guns can it carry? Iran should sell these planes to China.
     China’s J10 and J11 are not reliable at all.

    • China_Hennan_province

      not really

  • jahred

    Qaher ?

    Im gonna add this name to my incoming kiddoe namelist !

    Elijah Qaher Jahred S. Garcia 0(‘-‘)0

  • Opel

    nag cocosplay mga letche eroplano pa pinili. lilipad lamang yan pag binala sa catapult.

  • soul.assassin

    Parang laruan lang ni Ahmadinejad.

  • watot

    one of the most advanced fighter plane that does not flies!!! hehehehe

  • opinyonlangpo

    Necessity is the mother of invention or invention is the mother of necessity, whatever. The point is, when no one is allowed to sell them weapons they have to find a way to fill this need in order to defend their country. Others may talk and talk and even badmouth the fighter plane but they are much better than others who can’t even design and make their own simple engine, a bicyle maybe. They make their own missiles too and nuclear weapons while other countries are still importing handguns  and beg for other weapons when others starts to eat their territories.

  • Crazy_horse101010

    it reminds of the stories they say about alaska.. a wing craft landed at airport and they put in 100 gallons of fuel before they realized it was a mosquito.

    • mhgoats1

      Nah, but the mosquito is Alaskas state bird, and a swarm of them did haul off a Volkswagon Bug with a family in it never to be seen again.

  • Danny

    I bet it flies backward!!

    • surj

      Danny ” I bet it flies backward !! ” Yes, with a little bit of help from Allah.

  • Juan Delacruz

    Is that edible? it’s been 30 years of rhetoric and trash talk and most it’s post khomeni army will retire in 10 years. Why don’t they just put all their armies and all their armaments in their naval ship and sail straight to USA and directly fight the Americans. This macho talk of authoritarian government are very very BORING!

  • D’Arcy Recolizado

    I see a lot of experts here. :)

  • Joe Dirt

    This thing is fake people!  Anyone with a brain can see its made of plywood and 20 coats of Krylon paint.  Look behind the pilot’s seat…all you see is space!  If it was real every inch would be crammed with gear.   Stealth?  I’m laughing my azzz off.  The wingtips look like they watched  “Foxbat 21″ too many times!

  • David Nesbitt

    Why did he name it after a Gulfstream III?

  • surj

    Should the Israelis now start fearing Iranian Air force? Oh ! Boy……. What ever next?

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