INT. PRESIDENT'S OFFICE TEHRAN — LATE AFTERNOON
N'yow! N'yow! NEEEEEEEAAAAAAHOOOOOOOW!!!! P'yew! P'yew! P'yew! P'YEW-P'YEW-P'YEW-P'YEW-P'YEW-P'YEW!!! Take THAT you imperialist infidel pigs-dogs! And THAT! And THAT! OH! Now your Zionist masters are coming to destroy me and our glorious Islamic Revolution! Well, let's see how they like my new invisible fighter jet! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!! HAH! HAH!
Okay, so it's a bad idea to underestimate your enemy, but this thing looks like one of the fantasy jets I drew on grid paper when I was twelve, only not as cool.
The Q-313 has large, seemingly fixed canards, and little wings whose external section is canted downward.
The canopy material is at least odd (based on its transparency, it looks like plexiglass or something like that).
The cockpit seems to be basic (a bit too much for a modern plane – note the lack of wirings behind the front panel and the presence of few instruments, some of those similar to those equipping small private planes…).
The nose section is so small almost no radar could fit in it.
The air intakes are extremely small (they remind those of current drones/unmanned combat aerial vehicles) whereas the engine section lacks any kind of nozzle: engine afterburners could melt the entire jet.
Summing up: the shape is interesting with some innovative features but the Q-313 displayed on Feb. 1, 2013, seems to be nothing more than a large mock up model (not properly sized to accomodate a real pilot….).
I see three possibilities: the project failed and this is the real aircraft, the project succeeded and this is not the real aircraft, or this is — as The Aviationist suggests — a large mock-up. The problem with the last of those possibilities is that they've released too many images.
When the F-117 and B-2 came out, there was a long period where no one was allowed to take photos of either aircraft from certain angles because we didn't want our enemies (and friends, really) to deduce the technology we developed. Maybe Iran didn't come up with anything Earth-shattering, but if this is their high-end indigenous stealth fighter you'd think they'd want to keep as much of it under wraps as possible while still exploiting its propaganda value. Even the Chinese, from what I can tell, have released very few close-up images of their stealth fighter and we're pretty sure that one's real.
If DoD goes to Congress insisting they need more money because they have to counter the Iranian stealth fighter threat, even I'm not going to be able to back them up on that one.