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Iran unveils futuristic-looking fighter jet, designed, built domestically

Published on Feb 2, 2013 4:45 PM
 
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad walks to talk with the pilot of the domestically designed and built Qaher (Conqueror) F-313 fighter jet during a ceremony to unveil it in a warehouse in Teheran on Saturday, Feb 2, 2013. Iran on Saturday unveiled a fighter jet it said was designed and built domestically, with Mr Ahmadinejad touting it as "one of the most advanced" aircraft in the world. -- PHOTO: AFP

TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran on Saturday unveiled a fighter jet it said was designed and built domestically, with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad touting it as "one of the most advanced" aircraft in the world.

State television footage showed the grey, futuristic-looking aircraft, code-named Qaher (Conqueror) F-313, displayed in a hangar.

The warplane "is among the most advanced fighter jets in the world", Mr Ahmadinejad told defence ministry top brass at the unveiling, media reports said.

Mr Ahmadinejad said the aircraft was designed and built in Iran, and was test-flown for "thousands of hours" by pilots who are "very satisfied with its performance".

 
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