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. jonp

    dude, our airforce will eat those things for breakfast.

    February 8, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Oilrigor

    If it's Iranian, why is everything written in English?? This is a publicity stunt and nothing more.

    February 8, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Burmey

      English is the international language of aviation. The world uses 1 language for international flights to ensure accuracy and safety. We lucked out and happen to be native speakers.

      February 8, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Burmey

    I really want to be on board with this article. Lord knows I want to express pride in my own countries aeronautical achievements by comparing it to a so-called 'new' fighter jet.

    However a majority of the criticisms seem to be unsophisticated finger-pointing at the jets cosmetics. I expect more... pertinent information from a source like CNN. There's no doubt that the F-16's and F-35 far superior despite (the F-16) being decades older in design. But have actual experts give reasoned, technical criticism regarding performance, applicability, etc. Then add some humor.. Not merely: "Wings point down, LOL".

    Traditional media is becoming more and more like reddit. Both are great, but just not at the same time.

    February 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. The Truth

    Is built by #3 best mechanic is all of Kazakhstan ... HIGH FIVE!

    February 8, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ThePursuit

      Very nice.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baalzabarber

      THAT was awesome. The air intake looks like a Wizards Sleeve

      February 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • MerrilyWeTrollAlong

      So, does the pilot have to open the canopy to throw rocks or is there a door underneath?

      February 8, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chef Sun

    I'm very surprised that no one mentioned the fact that all the lettering and writing is in English. Look at the DANGER triangle warning. Has Iran now adopted English as their official language?

    Chef Sun

    February 8, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marty

      Are you aware that the USA has no official language? The writting is of no importance when the overall quality looks pathetic. F-16 got this guy let alone Raptors.

      February 8, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      I'm surprised you didn't the numerous posts noting the use of English posted prior to yours.

      February 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      "didn't see"

      February 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. john

    Why would you write "air intake cover" (on the red cover) and "remove before flight" in ENGLISH?

    February 8, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • john

      and how about that giant "target" under the wing?

      February 8, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clark_Nova

      Because English is the international language for aviation. Same reason that ALL international airline pilots communicate in English..

      February 8, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • bardster

      Wrong, Clark, look at a Russian, German, French fighter, etc...; the signs and placards are NOT in English

      February 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • jared.kg

      Clark is more correct than not. The US trains hundreds of foreign pilots and aircrew members. We train them in English.

      February 8, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Lowe

      Because their ground crews are used to English writing on the F-14s we sold them.

      February 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. South

    If the previous regeim seen this crappy fake we would be invading tomorrow!

    February 8, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. axel Segura

    Iran and north Korea should go into a technological war just for practice. no one will be hurt.

    February 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marty

      lol good one...

      February 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      Not true! Someone would undoubtedly shoot his eye out!

      February 8, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gonzalo

    I just hope that this article and the comments can make the cut for Ac 360 Ridiculist!!!

    February 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Rich Ruiz

    WOW, I used to have one of those as a kid. I remember it didn't fly good and the sun warped it.
    Just like UFO's, I will believe it when I see it.
    To: Mr. Ma Ahmadinejad, the moral of the story don't leave plastic airplanes in the sun.

    February 8, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. ExMachina

    Simply wondering if the Iranians are only good in making fake technology stuff according to the main piece and its colorful commentary then why are we making such a big deal out of their nuclear projects? Come on! Let's be honest and tell everybody the truth: there is no such thing called Iranian nuclear project! All that fuss and propaganda we hear on a daily basis is just media crap created by Israelis, AIPAC and their puppets in Washington...I rather zero in on Israelis 250 nuclear warheads that are not faked at all! They even spy on us and steal our technical knowhow while we compensating them with 10s of billion dollars of taxpayers money we rather be investing here at home...damn it!

    February 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. 4l3xc

    No, it looks just like the X-02 Wyvern from Ace Combat.

    February 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Eye4Eye

    Fighter jet !? I see no guns or mechanics to hold bombs. Obviously a mockup of future hopes and dreams to someday become reality. And unless this is a recon only plane, they need to scale it up to receive larger engines and armaments. Probably a hand built model made by GM designers who defected. I'll bet the radio is made by Delco..lol

    February 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • uos_spo6

      not saying I think it's real, but given that it's supposed to be a 'stealth' craft, don't 'stealth' store ordinance within the structure of the vessel's frame to keep the 'stealth' trait effective as opposed to having a bunch of wing mounted munitions that are going to throw off your low radar signature?

      February 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. KIRK

    I see what the confusion is it was built for the monkey that went into space. See he was on another photo op showing Iran’s new FTL starship. So that’s why they had to use this guy and why it’s not to scale.

    February 8, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Steve

    The blister packaging is in another hanger.

    February 8, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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