A new version of Iran’s ridiculous Qaher F-313 stealth fighter has made an appearance complete with a video of the aircraft performing taxi trials. While Iran’s latest effort shows improvement over the last iteration of the Qaher, this new version of the alleged stealth fighter is probably just a model.
Tehran originally showed off the Qaher F-313 on Feb. 2, 2013, in a debut that was widely ridiculed as a poorly executed propaganda stunt. At the time, it was clear that the purported fifth-generation stealth fighter was nothing more than a poorly constructed subscale mockup with dubious aerodynamics. Indeed, the “aircraft” was too small for a normal-sized human pilot and lacked a nozzle for an engine. That’s of course assuming Iran had access to a propulsion system that could fit into something so tiny. Quite simply, it was a farce.