Sunday, February 3, 2013
'Iran's super advanced fighter jet can evade radars'
Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi says Iran's new domestically-designed and developed fighter jet, Qaher-313 (Conqueror-313), is 'super advanced' and capable of 'evading radars.' Speaking on the sidelines of its unveiling ceremony on Saturday, Vahidi said the aircraft had a "very low radar cross section" and was capable of conducting operations at low altitudes. The Iranian defense minister noted that highly-advanced materials and electro-ionic systems had been used in the structure of Qaher-313, adding that the aircraft was capable of carrying advanced armaments.
Qaher-313 can take off and land on short runways and it has easy maintenance, Vahidi said. The newly-unveiled Iranian military aircraft is said to be similar to the US-built F/A-18, although its appearance is like F-5E/F Tiger II. The new single-seat bomber has been manufactured based on state-of-the-art technologies and modern defense achievements. In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and gained self-sufficiency in essential military hardware and defense systems. Azarakhsh (Lightning) is Iran's first domestically-manufactured combat jet. Saeqeh (Thunderbolt) fighter jet is a follow-up aircraft, derived from Azarakhsh. Iran unveiled its first squadron of Saeqeh fighter bombers in an air show in September 2010.
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