Iran’s “Stealth” Combat Aircraft, a Farsi-cal Claim?: Iran unveiled the single-seat Qaher F-313 combat aircraft, with senior Iranian military leaders claiming that the domestically built platform is radar-evading and sophisticated. Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said on Feb, 2, the day of the F-313’s unveiling, the aircraft has a “very low radar cross section” and is capable of flying at low altitudes, reported the International Business Times (via The Diplomat), citing Iranian state-run television. Vahidi also said the aircraft is capable of carrying advanced weapons and can take off and land on short runways. The F-313 is designed and built by Iran’s Aviation Industries Organization—part of its defense ministry, reported Flight Global. “All its parts, from A to Z, have been manufactured domestically,” Hassan Parvaneh, Qaher project manager, told Iranian state television, according to Flight Global. Parvaneh also noted that the F-313 is “the first Iranian jet using a front control wing.”
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.