After years of preliminary inspection and refinement, it appears that a prototype of the Qaher F-313 fighter has been completed.
The Qaher-313 fighter has a very characteristic shape of the 5th generation aircraft. Iran claims the fuselage is covered with an advanced coating, helping to minimize radar signatures. The plane is believed to have internal weapons bays.
Outside, the Qaher-313 has a rather unique shape, reminiscent of the famous Lockheed F-117 stealth fighter. It has a canard configuration, positioned in front of the main wings and behind the intakes. Its main wings are positioned along the sides of the fuselage, with the wing tips pointed downwards.
The pilot sits in a bubble canopy with great visibility. The empennage is made up of two vertical tail wings facing outwards, above the engines. The undercarriage is a conventional tricycle layout with two main legs and a nose leg – all are single wheel.
According to Flight Global, Qaher-313 could be powered by reverse engineered variants of the General Electric J85 turbojet. Iran has General Electric J85s as well as a dozen other jet engines as a result of old Northrop F-5s and other American aircraft in its inventory from pre-1979 as well as newer engines from Russia and China.
It was also claimed that the Qaher can take off and land on short runways and has “easy maintenance”. Qaher has a payload capacity of carrying two 2000 pound bombs, or greater number of smaller smart guided missiles, or at least 6 air-to-air missiles in the category of the PL-12.
According to Iran’s Deputy Defense Minister, General Qassem Taqizadeh, Tehrran is determined to soon complete the Qaher-313 domestic stealth fighter program. Currently the first prototype of the Qaher-313 fighter is entering final production and will be operational in the near future. General Iran also said that this 5th generation fighter is built on the basis of a new design to maximize the combat strength of the Iranian military. He said the aircraft is equipped with modern avionics and weapons systems capable of fighting on par with the US F-22.