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News number: 9107163898

19:58 | 2013-04-23

Defence

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DM: Iran Working on Two New Home-Made Aircraft

TEHRAN (FNA)- Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi announced on Tuesday that Iranian experts and engineers are working on two new home-made aircraft which will be unveiled soon in future.



Brigadier General Vahidi made the remarks in a meeting with members of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission here in Tehran today.

"After the unveiling of Qaher fighter jet, we have been designing and manufacturing two other planes," the Iranian defense minister said.

On February 2, Iran unveiled an advanced home-made fighter jet, named Qaher 313, in a ceremony attended by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Addressing a ceremony to unveil Qaher 313 on February 2, the Iranian defense minister said all production stages, including designing and manufacturing of the new aircraft had been carried out by Iranian experts at the Aviation Industries Organization of the Defense Ministry.

As regards the specification of Qaher 313, the minister said, "The advanced aircraft with an advanced appearance has a very small Radar Cross Section (RCS) and is capable of operating and flying in low-altitude."

The minister added that high-tech materials and electro-ionic systems were used in the aircraft which is capable of landing and taking off from short runways.

Vahidi noted that Qaher 313 enjoys high combat capability and can carry home-made weapons.

Vahidi also told reporters on the sidelines of the ceremony that Qaher 313 is able to rival with the most advanced fighter jets in shape and structure, adding that its shape has gifted the aircraft small RCS.

Radar cross section (RCS) is a measure of how detectable an object is with a Radar. A larger RCS indicates that an object is more easily detected. An object reflects a limited amount of radar energy.