Iran has new stealth plane

worldiransstelthfighterTEHRAN — Iran has unveiled a new home-made combat aircraft, which officials say can evade radar.

The single-seat Qaher F313 (Dominant F313) is the latest design produced by Iran’s military since it launched the Azarakhsh (Lightning) in 2007.

President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad said it had “almost all the positive features” of the world’s most sophisticated jets.

He said the “development of the Iranian nation’s military power is … for deterrence and defensive purposes”.

In an unveiling ceremony inside a Tehran hangar broadcast on state TV today, Ahmadinejad said he ranked the aircraft as “among the most advanced fighter jets in the world”.

Pictures of the jet were released by state television, showing a steely grey jet that Iran’s Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said was built with “advanced materials” and had a very low radar signature. (BBC)

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