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Aviation experts say new Iranian stealth jet is a pathetic hoax that can’t even fly

by Speranza ( 7 Comments › )
Filed under Ahmadinejad, Headlines, Iran at February 8th, 2013 - 6:44 pm

Color me surprised – not!!

by Andy Soltis

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.

FLOP GUN: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iranian brass proudly unveil the Qaher F313 — which US aviation experts dismiss as an embarrassing joke that doesn’t even have bolts or rivets.

FLOP GUN: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iranian brass proudly unveil the Qaher F313 — which US aviation experts dismiss as an embarrassing joke that doesn’t even have bolts or rivets.

Ahmadinejad boasted it had “almost all the positive features” of the world’s 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. “I can see (almost) how North Korea gets away with transparent nonsense due to isolation, but Iran has a population that’s much more switched on and connected, at least in the cities.

“I guess a possible explanation is that it plays well in the provinces, where people aren’t as savvy.”

Iran can’t buy new jets or even spare parts for its air force — much of it aging shah-era planes made in the US — because of the Western embargo designed to deter Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.

Ahmadinejad said the Qaher — which means “Conqueror” — “carries a message of peace, friendship and brotherhood. Our military achievements do not pose a threat to anyone.”

Last week, in another propaganda bid, Iran claimed it had sent a monkey 75 miles above the Earth in a suborbital flight that would pave the way for the Islamic Republic’s first manned flights into space.

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7 Responses to “Aviation experts say new Iranian stealth jet is a pathetic hoax that can’t even fly”
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  1. Da_Beerfreak
    1 | February 8, 2013 9:11 pm

    Read a good article on that kluge a couple of days back pointing out that it’s not even a good stage prop.


  2. huckfunn
    2 | February 8, 2013 10:05 pm

    Reminds of those little kiddie rides that they used to have out in front of the grocery stores. Cars, horses, etc… Put in a nickel and oh, what a ride.


  3. lobo91
    3 | February 8, 2013 10:32 pm

    Maybe it was built for that astronaut monkey they claim to have…


  4. waldensianspirit
    4 | February 8, 2013 10:47 pm

    313 is a bigger number than a measly 16 or 22


  5. Purre
    5 | February 9, 2013 3:39 am

    @ waldensianspirit:
    313 is also Donald Duck’s car’s licence plate number.


  6. waldensianspirit
    6 | February 9, 2013 1:03 pm

    @ Purre:
    :mrgreen: thanks for point that out:-)


  7. darkwords
    7 | February 9, 2013 5:56 pm

    The 12th pedophile knows how to fly.

    Are most male muslims pedophiles?


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