Aviation Industries of Iran Qaher 313
Unveiled on Feb. 2, 2013, the Qaher 313 was no more than a mock-up that will never fly unless it is almost completely redesigned. Iran insists its new home-made stealth fighter aircraft is “not a paper model” but an “aircraft designed by the Islamic Republic for anti-choppers missions.” Furthermore the F-313’s mission would be “protecting security in the Persian Gulf.” This is what a senior Iranian defense ministry official said on Apr. 16.
Addressing a group of Iranian soldiers, Deputy Defense Minister General Majid Bokayee explained that the Qaher 313, designed and developed at a cost of 2 to 3 million USD, has a “unique” structure, will be armed with home-made weapons and equipment and it will feature capabilities that will stun enemies on the battlefield.
According to the Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi, the Qaher 313 is an advanced aircraft with a very small Radar Cross Section, capable of taking off from short runways and flying at low altitude like no other most advanced western plane.
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.”
The Q-313 has large, seemingly fixed canards, and little wings whose external section is canted downward.
The canopy material looks like plexiglass or something like that. The cockpit seems to be basic (note the lack of wirings behind the front panel and the presence of few instruments, some of those similar to those equipping small private planes…).
The nose section is so small almost no radar could fit in it. The air intakes are extremely small whereas the engine section lacks any kind of nozzle: engine afterburners could melt the entire jet. The aircraft is way too small, look at the image showing an Iranian officer sitting on the ejection seat in the cockpit.
There is a video allegedly showing the Q-313 in the air. Here it is.