Iran: President Ahmadinejad Unveils New Fighter Jet

Iran unveiled what it said was a new, domestically built fighter jet on Saturday, local media reported.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at a ceremony in Tehran that the Qaher 313 demonstrated Iran’s growing self-reliance in the field of military technology.

Iran’s functional air force has been limited to perhaps as few as a few dozen strike aircraft, either Russian or aging US models acquired before the 1979 Iranian revolution.

The Islamic Republic, under an international arms embargo, has long struggled to find spare parts and some military experts say the fleet is outdated.

“This advanced fighter jet with unique physical characteristics has a very low radar cross section and therefore is capable of operating at low altitudes,” Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said of the Qaher 313, according to Mehr news agency.

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  • Kent2012

    now is the time to take a page from the Ronald Reagan playbook and bomb the Iranian military back to the camel age, should not take too many aircraft or ordinance…………..

  • CSN

    He doesn’t have the capabilities to build a fighter jet….he probably got it from Obama, Russia or China.