Ahmadinejad Unveils New Iranian-made Fighter Jet

Unconfirmed report by Iran's state TV claims new aircraft uses stealth technology to evade radar.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has unveiled the country's newest fighter jet, which officials claim can evade radar.

Ahmadinejad said at a Saturday ceremony broadcast on state TV that Qaher-313, or Dominant-313, showed Iran's will to "capture peaks."

Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi says Qaher is "fully indigenous," designed and built by Iranian aerospace experts. The domestically designed and developed Qaher-313 is similar to the US-built F/A-18, the report said.

Photos released by the official IRNA news agency shows Qaher as a single-seat jet, described as a fighter-bomber that can combat both other aircraft and ground targets.

Ahmadinejad said the plane ranked among the most advanced in the world. He stressed that Iran's military programs were solely for defensive deterrent purposes.

Iran unveiled what it said was its first domestically manufactured fighter jet, called Azarakhsh or Lightning, in 2007. Saeqeh, or Thunder, was a follow up aircraft derived from Azarakhsh.

Tehran has repeatedly claimed advances in military technologies in recent years but its claims cannot be independently verified.