Thursday, March 9, 2017
Is Iran's Homemade "Fighter" A Fake?
Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics: Iran's Homemade "Fighter" Plane Nearly Ready
The "Conqueror" still doesn't look ready for prime time, or particularly real for that matter.
Iran's Defense Minister claims that his country's indigenous fighter, the F-311 Qaher ("Conqueror") is nearing production. The fighter was first unveiled in 2013, when it was widely ridiculed as a fake.
The Qaher jet is supposed to be Iran's first locally designed and produced fighter plane. First revealed in 2013 to great fanfare, a full-size mockup was shown to the public. The plane then disappeared into obscurity.
The plane was designed and the mockup built by the Iranian government's Aviation Industries Organization. "The fighter jet is Iranian-made and all its parts have been manufactured domestically," Qaher's project manufacturer told Iranian state television at the introduction. AIO claimed the plane was made with "high tech materials"—without specifying what kind—and able to act in both the air-to-air and air-to-ground roles. It is allegedly capable of flying "very low to the ground" and will also carry homemade weapons.
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WNU Editor: It does not look real.