Skip to comments.Aviation experts say new Iranian stealth jet is a pathetic hoax that canít even fly
Posted on 02/08/2013 7:59:22 AM PST by Zakeet
From the loony regime that just figured how to shoot a monkey into space: Iran now claims it has its own homemade, radar-beating stealth fighter jet.
But aviation and defense experts say the tiny one-seater looks like a toy and might not even be able to fly calling it a laughable fake.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled the Qaher F313 at a Tehran hangar last week and called it one of the most advanced aircraft in the world.
But the experts said it was too small for a human pilot and the controls and wiring looked too simple for a real jet.
Ahmadinejad boasted it had almost all the positive features of the worlds most sophisticated jets. But among the features that seem to be missing are bolts and rivets found on the simplest planes.
It looks like the Iranians dumped some rudimentary flight controls and an ejection seat into a shell molded in what they thought were stealthy angles, reporter John Reed wrote in the journal Foreign Policy.
It looks like it might make a noise and vibrate if you put 20 cents in, joked Andrew Davies of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
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We intellectually superior Persians discovered stealth aircraft centuries before you stupid decadent Christians had even thought of it
Is this like their “stealth boats” from a few years back?
It does fly, it is just so stealthy that no one can see it flying.
With a few of those "mat & resin" boat repair kits and the contents of my "dead computer junk" closet I bet I could make one too.
This reminded me of something I read where the Iranian ATC challenged a Marine Jet for violating their air space and said they were going to send their Jets to attack him and he replied go ahead I’ll wait.
That canopy looks like it was hammered out of a piece of clear acrylic with a ball peen hammer over a rock.
Is it SOP in Iran to label things in English? The 313 is carrying English labels in the photograph. No Farsi?
Interesting that all the warnings and labels are in English? I thought they hated everything about us?
Subcontractors from the US? Works or not, treason, in one word.
Then turn it into an Aerial Paint Ball Target. Think what fun our flyboys (sorry, aviation pilots) would enjoy that.
Excuse me, have already forgotten about the monkey? Does nobody remember "Wargames"? Harrumph!
OK that made me LOL
Nice catch & a great question.
Anyone ever seen a photo if this so-called “stealth fughter” actually flying. Better yet, flying next to a real airplane?
It evades radar by never leaving the hangar.
Why don’t they build a better transport than the American Boeing 747-SP Achmadinijad flies around in?
Reminds me of the BBC James May Toy Stories where in one show they made full size model of a Spitfire just like it came out of a Lindberg model kit.
One can’t help but notice that the ejection seat is
somewhat short too, sure wouldn’t want to have to
ride that through the canopy.
You know it’s tough when the “President” of the
country has to take part in a hoax of this stature.
It’s fiberglass, you can tell by the flow lines along the surface. No way that thing could even be a prototype, it looks similar to a clay mockup the design team constructed like we do for cars.