Iran's New Stealth Fighter: A Fake?
Image Credit: Office of the President: Iran (all photos shown)

Iran's New Stealth Fighter: A Fake?


As covered yesterday, Iran proudly displayed its supposed new "stealth fighter," dubbed the Qaher F-313, or Conqueror-313. Since the unveiling of the plane, various reporters and defense experts have panned the aircraft as a fake.

John Reed over at Foreign Policy noted: " When I first looked at the plane Saturday morning, I could tell it was bogus. Look at the photos of the cockpit: there's barely any wiring. In fact, it looks like the Iranians dumped some rudimentary flight controls and an ejection seat into a shell molded in what they thought were stealthy angles."

Over the last several days, some interesting photos have been released that show various angles of the plane. Judge for yourself (comment below and let us know your thoughts):

kevin roy
May 5, 2013 at 02:45

It is to small for any type of jet engine. Also there is not jet intakes in the front. for a fighter it has no apparent weapons systems.It also does not have any room for fuel. It barely has room to tuck in the landing gear.

ShadowAir Ltd.
May 3, 2013 at 10:43

Iran has more Jet Fighters with Stealth Technology. You can see its real photos here

March 17, 2013 at 02:12

Iran and other enemies of the free world have only shadows and illusions to scare us with. Let us go forward and progress ourselves and our societies.

major lowen gil marquez
March 15, 2013 at 10:38

The Iranian fighter plane in that showroom is very immaterial and it is a lear indication of fake like the cinese communist, its paint were not simply ilumination it like you are painting a sand, the curbings of every sides were dumpy and was like a molded unfinished furniture bed….it is just more onpropaganda and it shows how to destroy theirown credibility, the plane was so small it seems the horse for competition racewasmore biiger enough….

Lauren Garza
March 15, 2013 at 04:00

Many years ago (about 1981) I sat over breakfast with John Williams from the Testor model airplane corporation and we sketched out on a napkin what we thought a stealth fighter would look like. i think someone from Iran stole the napkin. this is a joke, it looks like a toy airplane blown up. Just the size of the canopy should tell you. Not to mention the rough and beaded surface texture. I really don't know where to begin, except to say that about a billion people in that part of the world will believe it's true.

james Czebiniak
February 19, 2013 at 13:18

Much rings true in those words, but as events of the past 3 days suggests, an eye on the sky is also important, the next asteroid or meteor or meteroite may devastate the planet, Iran is not the only trouble facing our world.

February 19, 2013 at 11:36

I don't know if its stealth or not, but Iran claims to have flown it.


Youtube video : Iran Qaher (Conqueror) F-313 Stealth Fighter/Bomber First Flight [480p] – YouTube

February 18, 2013 at 00:50

Is it common for foreign aircraft to have english written on them?

February 12, 2013 at 11:04

Just a couple of observations.

First: The skin is not smooth, not even close. They must not be aware of the boundary layer turblence issue. I don't think paper mache' works as a stealth material.

Second: I think it would be very difficult just to see through that canopy with all the distortion well enough to fly the plane, much less trying to spot an enemy bogie coming in at Mach 1.

Third: This is supposed to be the epitome of Iranian technological skill developed all on their own. So, why are all the warning signs on the cockpit, the air intake covers and above the air intakes in English??

Gotta throw the BS flag on this one. Maybe between the space flights their Astromonkey had time to build this?

February 12, 2013 at 07:29

Actally it is the Iranian's First Air Base. At first I thought there was controversy over the plane itself but now I see there is also controversy over the place

Frederick Melick
February 12, 2013 at 06:42

It might be a sign of things to come.todays fake is tomorrows reality.

February 12, 2013 at 00:12

Looks like the pilot has to sit on top of the radar (if any) in this thing…

February 11, 2013 at 22:23


February 11, 2013 at 20:26

One of the things that's not well-known outside of Iran is that President Ahmadinejad is a big Clint Eastwood fan.  As such, he regularly holds "Eastwood All Night" parties at his house.  He obviously used the plane in Firefox as the starting point for this plane…minus the cool jets, cool pilot helmet, and cool "just think of rockets in Farsi, and they'll automatically launch" technology.

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