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Iran unveils the Qaher jet fighter

Iran has developed a new jet fighter. The Islamic country is on a roll, after developing rocket capabilities, sending a monkey into a space, and now, a jet fighter. This demonstrates that Iran is actually a technological country, with many capabilities and opportunities. Iran has unveiled its newest combat jet, a domestically manufactured fighter-bomber that military officials claim can evade radar. The picture of the aircraft however does not truly corroborate this statement as the aircraft looks like a traditional fighter, with a butterfly aileron. The aircraft is named Qaher and is one of several aircraft designs rolled out by the Iranian military since 2007. Tehran has repeatedly claimed to have developed advanced military technologies in recent years but its claims cannot be independently verified because the country does not release technical details of its arsenals. The country launched a self-sufficiency military program in the 1980s to compensate for a Western weapons embargo that banned export of military technology and equipment to Iran. “Qaher-313 is a fully indigenous aircraft designed and built by our aerospace experts. This is a radar-evading plane that can fly at low altitude, carry weapons, engage enemy aircrafts and land at short airstrips,” Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said. Tensions in the region have simmered over Tehran’s nuclear program. Israel has threatened to bomb Iranian nuclear sites if diplomacy and sanctions fail to stop nuclear activity the West suspects is aimed at developing weapons capability. Iran denies the weapons charge, saying it has no intention to interfere in other countries’ affairs. Iran’s English-language state Press TV said Qaher was similar to the American-made F/A-18, an advanced fighter capable of so-called dogfighting – aerial combat between fighter aircraft – as well as penetrating enemy air defences to strike ground targets. Again, we may doubt the claim even though the aircraft is a look-a-like.

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