Iran's Qaher-313 fighter plane
February 8th, 2013
11:55 AM ET

Iran's newest warplane something from 'GI Joe?'

First it was monkeys in space (or not) and now it’s “GI Joe” fighter jets. Not the best of times for Iran’s aviation and aerospace programs, at least if you listen to the skeptics.

First there were doubts about Tehran’s claim it sent a monkey into space in late January.  After photos of two different monkeys that were aboard the alleged one-monkey space shot surfaced, Iran media said there was a photo mix-up and, yes, there was just one Iranian monkey in space.

Then this week Iran unveiled what it said was its new high-tech stealth fighter plane. The jet shown in pictures on the website of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been the butt of jokes all week from aviation bloggers.

“This aircraft looks a lot like an old GI Joe toy,” wrote one blogger.

And from another, “This has to be a joke, right?”

Click through the gallery above to see the bloggers' comments and evidence in the photos.

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  1. Skeptic

    The canopy rails have no locks or seals. The only think holding it in place is the pivot at the back. The canopy will come off before it the plane leaves the ground.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zada

      Does it "FLY".. that would be a start... why it is not "Flying" like a single engine river plain would... at least.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • ooops

      The only way this leaves the ground is if the guys from Mythbusters attach half a dozen JATO rockets to the wings. Which would rip the caopy off, unless a sizeable amount of duck tape is applied.

      February 13, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brendan K.

    Oops – "industry" – sorry folks, typing on an iPhone.....

    February 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. C C KENNEDY

    this craft is a dum dum. It violates many basic aerodynamic rules and sort of makes Thunderbirds look even real. Well, if it can get off the ground, assuming the undercarriage retracts and the gadget is still airborne, our jets will pulverize that plywood/fiberglass toy to Allah's graveyard and waiver the virgins as well. Lucas probably having a giggle or two.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Patrick

    Does it even HAVE engines? No pics from the back.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sivick

    I'm trying to think of an engineering reason for those wing... but I'm coming up with nothing. Seems like the entire plane was designed around looking intimidating instead of being functional.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • thomas

      Well, if you've read anything related to Iran the last 8 years, intimidating but questionable functionality is the mantra. You can insert North Korea in that category as well.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. albert

    Hahahaha!!! please stop, my gut is about to burst!

    February 8, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • cory

      Thats what I was thinking. It looks phoney and how come theres no vids or pics of this thing flying?

      February 11, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joseph

    Can someone explain to me why everyone is telling us that Iran is a nuclear threat? They're building toy fighters and sending monkeys into space. Someone is trying to start a war, and its not Iran. I just hope the president isn't having any of the BS those folks are feeding him.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kurt

      Diversionary tactic. They think this will make us stop looking at the nuke's and concentrate on their air force instead. Fools.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat)©

    It's probably just the drone they captured photoshopped.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dave

    Looks like when Homer Simpson was designing cars.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • hmmmm

      haha i nearly lost it when i read this. soo funny.

      im imagining the pilot sitting in the plane as it spins in a circle, with a big grin on his face and waving to the audience as everyone stares in shock/disgust at the plane.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Perkpi

    Also what does the pliot do, open the canopy and shot with a pistol.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bert f.

    This mockup was only intended to fool Ahmadinejad. So expecting it to look like an impressive jet aircraft, is expecting a little too much.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Erick

    COBRAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

    February 8, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. luvUamerica

    I wonder if the monkey is Lost in Space.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Robert

    where is the air intake? maybe it's so advanced that it has a photon engine.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. albert

    How do you say "I just pooped my pants" in Iranian?

    February 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      'Almadenejad'

      February 8, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality

      ( shoe flying towards him ) lol

      February 8, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael

      i think it does shoot a 50 caliber sandal or heal seeking pita

      February 10, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • AL

      Careful, you might break the toy...err plane.

      February 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah

      Blah

      February 8, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grumpster

      Gezuntheit.

      February 9, 2013 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Nash

      you say, "Qaher 313"

      February 8, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Homer10

      But notice that it says F313 in the side, not Q313. Could there have been a miss label?

      February 11, 2013 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Exactly how much it cost to research and build.

      February 11, 2013 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • xerxes

      your priority at your mental age should be potty training, when you grow up you can also learn farsi.

      February 9, 2013 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      In Iranian? You mean in Arabic.

      February 9, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Garrett

      Actually Iranians aren't Arab, they're Persian... and they don't speak Arabic, they speak Farsi. :p

      February 9, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merkin

      who cares

      February 10, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fact Checker

      The Iranian language is Farsi, not Arabic. Before you correct someone, you might want to be sure you know what you're talking about.

      February 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      They speak mostly Farsi in Iran. You'll get shot for call them Arabic.

      It's a cute toy, I doubt it really flies.

      February 9, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      You mean Farsi

      February 9, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      You mean Farsi? Iran isn't an Arab country and they don't speak Arabic.

      February 9, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • burkemtn

      That would be in Farsi, not Arabic.

      February 9, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      Farsi

      February 9, 2013 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • BB

      Farsi, actually.

      February 9, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cal

      Iranians don't speak Arabic, Thomas. They speak Farsi, also known as Persian.

      February 9, 2013 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darius

      In Arabic? You mean Persian, Thomas.

      February 9, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • rick

      iranians speak farsi, not arabic

      February 10, 2013 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Why in Arabic? Since the national and predominant language in Iran is Farsi.

      February 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      ... You mean Persian... God some people are idiots.

      February 10, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolThomas

      I hope you're kidding, Thomas. Persian is the most spoken language of the country.

      February 10, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • FrmerMrine

      No, in Iranian (Farsi). Iran is not an Arab country.

      February 10, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • AthensGuy

      Farsi.................

      February 10, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • anon

      Actually they speak Farsi in Iran. Not Arabic.

      February 10, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • IK

      If you correct someone please check your facts.....the language spoken in Iran is Farsi......

      February 10, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Olaf Big

      The language most Iranians speak is Farsi, sometimes called Persianin in the West. It is not Arabic. I sure hope the "experts" who CNN has been quoting about the aircraft know more about aviation then they do about Iran.

      February 10, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      @Thomas,

      Iranians don't speak Arabic. They speak Persian, also known as Farsi.
      @Everyone else,

      First try to educate yourself about anything before commenting Its obvious most commentators with 12 year old mentality are commenting here. You don't even know what language they speak, and trying to pass judgement on Aircraft technology, are all of you Avionics Engineers, or some sort of avionics experts.....

      February 11, 2013 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • soliman

      haha, what an idiot, Iranians speak farsi not arabic. funny when a troll fails miserably.

      February 11, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Iranian's not the same as Arabic. They're not even related. Farsi is in the same language family as English and most other European languages. Arabic is related to Hebrew and Aramaic and not much else. They use the same alphabet, but so do English and Basque, which aren't at all related.

      February 11, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Kimber

      Actually, the official language of Iran is Farsi.

      February 11, 2013 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • JO

      They speak Farsi in Iran.

      February 11, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack 2

      Iranians are persians.

      February 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • chaz

      Their language is neither Persion nor Iranian.......it is called Farsi

      February 11, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • kitkat

      You probably have not heard of Farsi, I don't think they get that far on Faux news. Try educating yourself a bit

      February 12, 2013 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Fozz

      Actually it's Farsi, not Persian or Iranian, nor as they themselves will very quickly point out, not arabic.

      February 12, 2013 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • George R

      No, he means "in Farsi", not "in Iranian." Persians are not Arabs, and as such they don't speak Arabic, they speak Farsi /Persian...

      February 13, 2013 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Marius

      This is the caliber of educated people that post to this board.

      February 17, 2013 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      Their language is PERSIAN you culturally insensitive westernized comment leaver!!!

      February 11, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • latinrenegade28

      It's mot Persian it's Farsi

      February 11, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • henry

      He's right you know. The Iranian language is Farsi which is Persian I believe. And I think one of their finest astronauts, Curious George, is going to fly their new plane.

      February 11, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • GMAC

      In IRAN there are many different languages including Persian in the centre, Azeri in the north, Kurdi in the northwest, Balochi in the south and Arabic in the west.

      February 11, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • ooops

      Apparently its now ENGLISH as per the writing on the jet. Which lends to the reasoning that they stole it from Hasbro.

      February 13, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ajaf

      Iranian/persian people speak FARSI. Just like I don't speak American. Chill....

      February 14, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Copter6541

      من خودم فقط pooped

      February 11, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
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