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    Iran Unveils Homemade Jet

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, listens to an unidentified pilot during a ceremony to unveil Iran's newest fighter jet, Qaher-313, or Dominant-313,which officials claim can evade radar, in Tehran, February 2, 2013.
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, listens to an unidentified pilot during a ceremony to unveil Iran's newest fighter jet, Qaher-313, or Dominant-313,which officials claim can evade radar, in Tehran, February 2, 2013.
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    Iran has unveiled a domestically designed and built fighter jet.

    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday the Qaher 313 "carries the message of brotherhood, peace, and security." He said the jet "doesn't pose any threat to anyone."

    The unveiling ceremony was carried on state television.

    The Islamic republic is subject to an international arms embargo which prohibits it from buying new fighter jets and spare parts for its aging air force.

    Iran is commemorating the 34th anniversary of the 1979 revolution, which replaced the U.S.-backed shah with an Islamic regime.

    Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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    by: NVO from: USA
    February 04, 2013 2:19 PM
    Iranians by and large are terrible, terrible aviators, much like you would NOT want to be on a ChinaEastern jet in low IFR. A crash is inevitable. Goodbye!!

    by: Anonymous
    February 03, 2013 6:36 AM
    I've seen nicer looking paper airplanes. I think the leaders of Iran are making another stupid choice, trying to flex their teeny weeny arms, instead they look like a joke. Start abiding by the nuclear treaties, and we wont have to go in and destroy all your toy planes. Sure they are great planes to scare away the etheopian military.

    by: Melinda G from: UK
    February 03, 2013 3:51 AM
    it is flown by a monkey, too... Iran - what a Farce
    Islamic hate has reduced you to a comic buffoonery...

    by: JKF from: Ottawa, Canada
    February 02, 2013 9:40 PM
    Other media show the complete aircraft. Take one look at the landing gear, and potential load issues, it tells the whole story.. Maybe a pilot and a few gallons of fuel; I would not like to be landing it with a full fuel load....(~ultralight landing gear). Air inlet, very tiny for a real big engine, wings of a hang glider load capability......etc Good starfighter design, where there are no load/gravitational issues-- in space!

    by: Steve Collins
    February 02, 2013 8:15 PM
    WHY IS EVERYTHING THAT IS WRITTEN ON THE CRAFT IN ENGLISH?

    by: Adrian Johnson from: Ohio
    February 02, 2013 1:34 PM
    it looks like a cheap model aeroplane you can by for $19.95 at our local toy store... my children have the exact model aeroplane...
    Iran - what a Farce...

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