The single-seat Qaher F313 (Dominant F313) single seat stealth fighter
is the latest design produced by Iran's military since it launched the
Azarakhsh (Lightning), in 2007.
It is most comparable to the Russian Sukhoi T-50
the Chinese J-31 stealth fighter
and the stealth fighter jet of the USAF the F-22 Raptor
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 on
Saturday, Mr 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.
The ceremony was timed to coincide with the 34th anniversary of the 1979 revolution,
which replaced the US-backed shah with an Islamic regime.
story from the Bucharest Herald reprinted in the Washington Post.
if the photos are not showing it is only pictures of each jet for comparison.
tbh I think the Qahar is the most modern and best looking of the lot.
Here is hoping that we will not have any more wars in which using these
air planes to any huge extent will be necessary.
However I realize that the military of each nation will not be able to resist
continuing the arms race - hell I know that because I was involved with
my own countries Air Force for quite some time and it is necessary to have
a strong defence
@pokecharm looking at these pictures and reading about the various fighters makes it seem almost like a video game doesn't it!
I think the Qahar and Raptor both look like nice jets. They actually look pretty similar to me, but then maybe I would have to compare more pictures of them. I guess the Qahar isn't as wide as the Raptor, might be shorter and more compact. You probably have an eye for a good jet, so I will take your word for it that the Qahar is a nicer jet.
I wish the US would focus more of its energy and resources on the US, rather than wars and other countries. I mean, I'd like for us to have good relations and positive communications with other countries, too, but I wish we were more self-sufficient and focused on our own before others. It would be nice if we had a bulky national defense, and didn't have to have people stationed all over abroad. But maybe that's just necessary, idk. These days there's just so much concern over other countries - North Korea, China, etc. If we had a good defense, and kept out of their business, I'd like to think they wouldn't mess with us.
I guess I tend to view our country as another country in history. I realize that we may not always be 'number one', and probably aren't anymore. But I don't think that's so bad. I just wish we could all get along, and live without worrying that the country could fall apart at any minute.
@Ovirew just because we are the most powerful doesn't always mean we are always 'right' - remember the winners write the history books so when you read about what happened you have to take things with a grain of salt.
Please, please forgive me ahead of time.
"for deterrence and defensive purposes."
How can you tell if a Persian is lying?...
Anyway, I sold my old '98 Trooper to a Navy pilot - or actually his hippie son - and he told me the last American, manned fighter jet is in the final phases of it's production run (which, of course, can take a decade). That's right, predator drones are just the beginning. More than any Iranian advancements, something about that really unsettles me.
@BravoOneActual Our reputation has gone down hill because of the drones esp. with the 'mistake' of attacking Pakistani police and military after they bragged on how accurately they can target an enemy location.
I think that the How you can tell they are lying applies to our own leaders in both government and military also.
@iowastate @BravoOneActual I think I have an objective view of things. Ever notice the various "friendly fire whoopsies" our military has leveled against China throughout the past few decades? Their embassy in Belgrade taking the high, hard one immediately jumps to mind and I seem to remember a similar thing happening when Baghdad was bombed.
I coined a term I call "The Israel Complex", which is to say if one assumes the mantle of victimhood, one is justified in whatever evil they carry out to thwart their "assailant". Israel's need for defense is a self-fulfilling prophecy... But then again are there any other kind?
Even though our last two presidents have been particularly brazen in treating our Constitution like toilet paper, I'll still side with us so long as that document is hanging somewhere in Washington, even if only symbolically.
Anyway, that's an impressive jet. Iran is on the rise.
@BravoOneActual As I saw some some of the world and got to know people outside of the U.S.A. I came to realize that there was more than one nation and while I still love America I know that many of her people and especially the politicians are very shortsighted and have an insular view of the the world.
Interesting, seems that Ahmedinejad is getting ready for a full war with Israel.......if you ask me he's just a big troll trying to intimidate Israel with agressive statements. It's not Iran that worries me. Israel does, they are the ones who could start "preemptive strikes". David and Goliat.
In the end it's just about economics and $$$$. Where does Iran gets most of it ? Oil.....correct me if I'm wrong here, who buys Iran Oil ?
Jets....you forgot the Eurofighter Typhoon.....I think Saudi Arabia could use those.
@N-REAL the Eurofigher is a good jet but I don't believe it is a stealth fighter.
and you are correct - if anything is started it will be Israel who begins it all. that is why I'm glad to see Chuck Hagel as our new Secretary of Defense(War) - since they changed the name from Department of War to Defense the effectiveness and efficiency/competency of the our military has decreased.
China and India, both Koreas and Pakistan and probably a few others buy from Iran - anyone who is willing to ignore the whining of American diplomats but also the chance our politicians will add them to the sanctions list. I believe South Africa has also been on the client list.
I don't know what I have done and GameSpot punishes me by not letting me see pictures in blogs.. But you are always very kind to describe those photographs. :-)
You mentioned your countries Air Force, if i'm not too indisceet what is your country, (or countries)? I'm from Greece and I have served too in my country's Air Force, as ground support of course. :P