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Originally posted by milkyway12
reply to post by Zaphod58
Oh, okay. It's useless. Honestly, if its a slow mover, their dumber than I thought. From the look of it, I doubt it would be able to carry the pilot's weight, I don't see that craft carrying any kind of ordnance.
I mean, from what aircraft I've seen, either Iran thought of something we haven't in aerodynamics or their simply a long way behind the curve.edit on 4-2-2013 by milkyway12 because: (no reason given)
By 2005 all that was known to exist of the Shafaq, other than paper drawings, were models and a full-scale mockup that had been seen on Iranian television.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday 02 February 2013 unveiled a what was described as a "new super modern fighter plane" by Iranian sources
“implausible aerodynamics and Hollywood sheen” and was laughably small for a fighter jet.
Originally posted by JimTSpock
I think it will be highly unlikely to ever be a real plane, we'll wait and see but I bet 10 billion dollars nothing ever comes of it, like the other one. This is not a "new super modern fighter plane" it is a little piece of crap. The wings are too small and fat the intakes are tiny the whole thing is too short and fat and it's tiny. LOL.
That's my 2c anyway.edit on 4-2-2013 by JimTSpock because: spelling
A prototype version of the Qaher-313 has been portrayed to have test-flown at some point before the presentation. According to the head of the design team two sub-sized models have been created and tested. One of the models uses a propeller engine while the other uses a small micro jet engine. The models were shown in a video clip (along with descriptions by the head of the design team) the same day. According to Haaretz, the "blurry video published by the Iranians purporting to show the Qaher 313 in flight seems to show not a manned fighter jet but a small radio-operated drone."
The aircraft design is a canard configuration. It is claimed to be a stealth fighter built with "advanced materials" with a very low radar signature and with low-altitude operations capability. It was also claimed that the Qaher can take off and land on short runways and has "easy maintenance".
Flight Global noted that the Qaher-313 resembles the Boeing Bird of Prey prototype, but with a more faceted design similar to the 1970s-era Lockheed Have Blue that was developed into the now retired F-117 Nighthawk. Flight Global also said, "given the apparent small size of the aircraft and its single engine design, the Qaher 313 could be powered by reverse engineered variants of the General Electric J85 turbojet that Iran is known to have in its possession." Iran has General Electric J85s as a result of old Northrop F-5s in its inventory.