Iran unveils new fighter Qaher 313

On Feb. 1, 2013, Iran unveiled its indigenous fighter jet named “Qaher 313”. The prototype of the Q-313 (or F-313 according to the stencils applied to the aircraft), was presented to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and publicly displayed as part of the Ten-Day Dawn ceremonies held in Iran to celebrate the 1979’s victory of the Islamic Revolution.

In the previous days, the Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi had said, “The aircraft will be different from the other fighter jets Iran has already made.”

Based on the first photographs released by the FARS News Agency, the new “stealthy” jet has a really peculiar design. It features hard edges and those distinctive edges and angle of the U.S. F-22 and the twin tail shape much similar to that of the F-35 Lightning II.

The Q-313 has large, seemingly fixed canards, and little wings whose external section is canted downward.

The canopy material is at least odd (based on its transparency, it looks like plexiglass).

The cockpit seems to be basic, a bit too basic for a modern plane. The pilot has few instruments at his disposal, some rudimentary, foun only on small private aircraft.

The nose section is so small it could not possibly fit a radar. The air intakes are extremely small (they remind those of current drones/unmanned combat aerial vehicles) whereas the engine section lacks any kind of nozzle: engine afterburners could melt the entire jet.

And, above all, the aircraft is much too small. An Iranian officer sitting on the ejection seat in the cockpit seems as if he is sitting in some sort of miniature, or children’s ride.