The Qaher jet is supposed to be Iran’s first locally designed and produced fighter plane. First revealed in 2013 to great fanfare, a full-size mockup was shown to the public. The plane then disappeared into obscurity.
The plane was designed and the mockup built by the Iranian government’s Aviation Industries Organization. “The fighter jet is Iranian-made and all its parts have been manufactured domestically,” Qaher’s project manufacturer told Iranian state television at the introduction. AIO claimed the plane was made with “high tech materials”-without specifying what kind-and able to act in both the air-to-air and air-to-ground roles. It is allegedly capable of flying “very low to the ground” and will also carry homemade weapons.
At the time of rollout, FlightGlobal polled several aviation experts about Qaher’s airworthiness. The experts were united that the “plane” was not a viable aircraft and was likely being shown off for propaganda purposes. Qaher’s weird design, which included droopy wings and thick wing leading edges, appeared to make the plane unstable and not particularly stealthy.
Iran’s Farsnews no longer describes Qaher as a “fighter”, instead saying it is “a logistic aircraft for short distances and is a light fighter jet used for military and training operations.” Describing it as a logistics aircraft is strange as the plane appears to have zero cargo-carrying capability.