In 2007, Iran had formally presented a new Fighter called Saegheh 80 (Thunder), a device “designed, engineered and built by Iranian experts and entered the industrial production stage,” according to the Iranian Minister of Defense the time.
General Attaollah Salehi, then Chief of Staff of the Iranian army), had even suggested that the HESA SAEQEH was “similar to the American F-18” but with “best technical and tactical performance.” In reality, this aircraft like the F-5, a device that was delivered to the Iranian air force before the 1979 Islamic revolution, with a double tail.
It is quite different from Qaher-313 (Conqueror 313), which has been officially unveiled by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. According to the presentation that was made, this new device, which seems out of Area 51, figure “among the most advanced fighter aircraft in the world” and was “designed and manufactured by Iranian engineers. “
Ahmadinejad also said that the Qaher-313 had already made “thousands of hours” of flight and its drivers are “very satisfied with its performance. “
Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi, for his part said that the new aircraft is a “very low radar signature”, it was built with “modern materials” and has a “avionics advanced. “Moreover, this device would be able to be operated from short runways and it” can be repaired easily and quickly. “
According to Ahmadinejad, the Qaher-313 is a program “defensive”. “The Iranian military power does not aim to attack and dominate other countries but is purely deterrent,” he added.
However, this new fighter, including images showing the flight were broadcast, has something to raise questions. First, what are its actual performance? How this project he could reach while Iran is subject to economic sanctions because of its nuclear and missile program? Has he received outside help for its development?