IRNA, Iranian Ministry of Defence
Tehran has recently shown its homegrown single-seat jet trainer Qaher F-313 which performed a taxi test on April 15, 2017 at the Iranian Helicopter Support and Renewal Company, Iran’s news agency IRNA reported.
Defense Minister of Iran Hossein Dehqan said that manufacturing Qaher-313 and Kosar-88 training jets in Iran is a prelude to production of heavy planes. The jets are expected to join the air force after completing flight tests.
The series of tests for the aircraft will take up to 10 years before they can be used in operations. Dehqan also said that Tehran produces all jet parts inside the country except for the engines. However, he noted that there is an agenda to produce them domestically as well.
The Minister also stated that the Qaher F-313 is able to land on short airstrips and has low radar cross sections that enable the aircraft to be invisible to radars. It is also equipped with additional fuel tanks and internal bombs.
According to Tehran Times, the Islamic Republic of Iran launched a self-sufficient military program in the 1980s as a result of the embargo from Western countries.
Iran-made aircraft includes the Qaher which was rolled out in 2007 with other jet fighters called Azarakhsh and Saeqeh. Azarakhsh and Saeqeh are widely regarded as the reverse-engineered variant of F-5 Tiger II.