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Via the BBC: Qaher F313: Iran unveils home-made ‘stealth’ fighter
Iran has unveiled a new home-made combat aircraft, which officials say can evade radar.
The single-seat Qaher F313 (Dominant F313) is the latest design produced by Iran’s military since it launched the Azarakhsh (Lightning), in 2007.
The ceremony was timed to coincide with the 34th anniversary of the 1979 revolution, which replaced the US-backed shah with an Islamic regime.
This has the feel of a political show, but that doesn’t mean the plane doesn’t work as advertised. Of course, it also doesn’t mean that it isn’t just a plane painted black.
At a minimum, this story, and the space monkey bit, are clear indicators that the Iranian government feels the need to bolster its standing with its own population (the likely main target of these stories). This is as much about nationalism than it is technology.