Iran has showcased its new military vehicles that include Qaher F-313 stealth fighter jet, Kowsar trainer at an during an exhibition at the Iranian Helicopter Support and Renewal Company (IHSRC) in Tehran.
The taxi test of the new stealth fighter was performed during the exhibition on Saturday.
Footage of the prototype taxiing along the runway released by the Iranian media however does not show the aircraft taking off.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during the event said that the country did not need “permission” to strengthen its armed forces.
“We don’t ask for permission from others to reinforce our armed forces, don’t ask for permission to manufacture our missiles, our jets,” Rouhani was quoted as saying by RT.
The production of the Qaher F-313 and Kowsar jets is “a prelude to the production of heavy aircraft,” Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan told the media, announcing plans for domestic production of heavy jet engines.
The Qaher F-313 stealth fighter jet was unveiled in February 2013, sparking a heated debate among various military experts, as many critics claimed the plane to be a “hoax” and a “fiberglass model,” citing the small dimensions of the plane, unconventional wing shape, small air intakes, and no visible engine nozzles.