Iran shows off its elusive new fighter jet – but not in flight
Published time: 16 Apr, 2017 13:34
Edited time: 17 Apr, 2017 10:03
Brand new military vehicles have been showcased in Iran, including the
infamous Qaher F-313 jet, which many critics previously believed to be a
hoax. Iranian President Rouhani said the country did not need “permission”
to strengthen its armed forces.
The taxi test of the new Qaher F-313 stealth fighter jet was performed
during an exhibition at the Iranian Helicopter Support and Renewal Company
(IHSRC) in Tehran on Saturday. Footage of the prototype taxiing along the
runway was released by Iranian media.
It does not, however, take off.
Another domestically produced plane, the training jet Kowsar, was also
unveiled at the event.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attended the event and praised the efforts
of the country’s engineers and scientists who “have done something great for
the defence ministry.”
“We don’t ask for permission from others to reinforce our armed forces, don’t
ask for permission to manufacture our missiles, our jets,” Rouhani stated.
The production of the Qaher F-313 and Kowsar jets is “a prelude to the
production of heavy aircraft,” Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General
Hossein Dehqan told the media, announcing plans for domestic production of
heavy jet engines.
The Qaher F-313 stealth fighter jet was unveiled in February 2013, sparking
a heated debate among various military experts, as many critics claimed the
plane to be a “hoax” and a “fiberglass model,” citing the small dimensions
of the plane, unconventional wing shape, small air intakes, and no visible
“It’s not a plane, because that’s not how a real plane looks,” the Times of
Israel quoted aeronautics expert Tal Inbar as saying back in 2013. “Iran
doesn’t have the ability to build planes. Plain and simple.”
Iran, however, stated that the plane was developed through using simulation
software and flying scale jet and propeller models. A video showing the
models in flight was released by the developers later. While the engineers
clearly stated that the video features scale models, the clip only fuelled
the suspicions of the plane being a “hoax.”
Last month, Iranian Defense Minister announced that the Qaher-313 jet was
ready for flight testing. It remained unclear, however, when the flight
testing would take place or when its results would be available for the