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. are122

    Coming soon no doubt...a picture of Ahmadinejad planting a flag on the moon.

    February 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Cranium

      This plane can intercept flying shoes like no other Iranian aircraft before it.

      February 8, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Zoglet

    This is what US anti-Iranian propaganda looks like.

    February 8, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Man

      I see there are some smart and aware folks viewing CNN website, or shall I say ZNN ($Zion$ $ist$ News Network).

      February 8, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThePursuit

      Not quite. If your comment was logically sound, Iran would have a stellar new weap...oh for...isn't there a right wing talk show that you should be listening to?

      February 8, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zoglet

      There doesn't have to be a stellar new weapon for it to be propaganda. Its just more of the same, a drip drip drip mocking Iran and degrading them. Show me a single article about Iran in which CNN doesn't adopt a patronizing tone. Then tell me its not propaganda.

      February 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom,Tom, the Piper’s Son


      So the question is... why are you reading a known propaganda website, specifically articles you know that purposefully degrade and are untrue?

      February 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      All we need is Irans own claims and statements to make them look foolish.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • child of midian

      This is what an Iranian toy airplane looks like.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      Um, isn't it the Iranians who propagated this stuff? How does that make it American propaganda against Iran??

      February 8, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hhahahahahahaha


      February 8, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • T. Lee

      Well – it fits in nicely with those pictures a year or so back of their impressive naval war ships.

      February 10, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. retwqaas

    Not any worse than those multi million dollar jets we build that we cant use but please bash irans jets.

    February 8, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • HookLineAndSinker

      If Iran had a jet we'd be happy to bash it. This however is definitely not a real jet.

      February 8, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom,Tom, the Piper’s Son

      There is a big different between technical issues with a state of art plane pushing new tech and a mock-up. Your ignorance is showing.

      February 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • albert

      And yet, the US has air superiority over all other nations: Fact!

      February 8, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessy The Gnostic

      At least our planes can actually fly.

      February 9, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      The USA Air Force, Navy and Marines F-15, F-16, and F/A-18 fighter/attack aircraft have shot down opposing aircraft at the ratio of about 100 to 1. If we do have an aircraft shot down, it is usally by a surface-to-air missile, or an anti-aircraft gun. Yes the F/A-22 and F-35 have been Very expensive and have not flown in combat, but, overall our fighter/attack aircraft are the greatest in the history of military avaiation.

      February 11, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryant @ NorCal

      Iran, a country with leadership that blatantly stated they want to destroy Israel, hate Westerners, and make bold assertions with their Nuclear efforts and your worried about CNN being a lil patronizing? We all have our opinions but you gotta look outside the box and see the big picture. At least we can all appreciate Iranian humor, pics are classic. Pilot looks like he is sitting in a Go-Kart!!! lol.

      February 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ciyaarta iga daa

    It seems that the U.S. does not like when other countries prove that they can domestically manufacture their own military and civilian hardware instead of buying from other countries. Kudos to Iran.

    February 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThePursuit

      For sure. Kudos to building a life-size model. But, does it fly?

      February 8, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bargle

      Since when do aviation bloggers=the U.S.?

      February 8, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karl

      How does this prove Iran can actually manufacture a working fighter jet?

      February 8, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • billy

      WATCH out ! Canadas gonna come out with a plane too!

      February 11, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Charles

    Even if this plane isn't all it's billed to be, comparing it to a toy is pretty insulting to a country that is very technologically advanced. I don't understand the comparison, seems like some lazy s*** to be on CNNs front page.

    February 8, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • ryan

      Yea, technologically advanced and this is also the same country that said a weather machine Syria built blew Superstorm Sandy into the east coast. So, I will definitely believe anything they say.

      February 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Not a real jet at all. Its plastic. So yeah, LOL

      February 8, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • child of midian

      Not mocking, they show us a toy we call it a toy, it's a toy.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roodee

      Charles is right.....this article is insulting to the Iranians

      I can tell you this is taken very seriously by western officials.....and the aircraft can fly, see videos of it online

      February 8, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rocky Mountains

      "very technologically advanced"
      Are you kidding me? Have you ever lived in Iran? I have. They are NOT advanced.

      February 10, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mark Pajak

    Iran will become the North Korea of the Middle East, a failed economy and a grotesque regime.

    The military is a reflection of the country's economy, if your economy is a joke, your military will be the stock of mockery.

    Iran has chosen a path of arrogance, of severing economic relations with the rest of the world. Iran's military will reflect this sad state of affairs.

    February 8, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Yeah.. as Soviet Union military was a joke ... BS.

      February 8, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThePursuit

      I too call BS. I don't see anyone mocking our standing army, yet our economy went to hell in a rocket basket.

      February 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      The USSR military was certainly no joke, but after things settled down from the Cold War (and perhaps long before, depending on who you talk to) we realized that they had far less military hardware than we at some points feared/gave them credit for.

      February 8, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Yes, Iran chose to cut itself off from the world economy. That had nothing to do with crippling, unilateral US sanctions.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kona

    This is too funny! I think maybe this is a ploy to make Iran look less threatening. After all, who really thinks this mock-up contraption can actually fly?? At least the Chinese make one that flies. This?? Looks like a 3/4 scale RC plane.

    February 8, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Shannon

    And apparently, there are a lot of Iranians reading this story – anyone else would see that these are very valid points.

    February 8, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    Cant say I am big fan of anything that Iran does – however, there is nothing obviously wrong with the configuration or layout of this plane. Probably pretty cheap too! No comment on avionics, radar, flight control or weapons systems. Might make a nice kit plane over here 🙂

    February 8, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    Really? All that the expert could say was that it looks like a GI Goe toy?

    You want to see expert opinion go to "Moon of Alabama" website and search for Ghaher f313.
    Those who know aircraft are quite impressed with it.

    February 8, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. donklos

    These tactics are how you keep your sheltered people feeling like their leaders know what they're doing, and keeping up with the rest of the world, when in fact it's a big ruse. When Ahmadinijad goes up into space it'll be done in a big warehous and he won't get 10ft off the ground, but the magic of filmaking will have his people calling him a national hero.

    February 8, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. notamoron

    these monkey's from iran and the clowns on this forum can't be serious. you do realize thats a fake plane right? i feel 50iq points dumber just by pointing this out. its hilarious, its like iran, china and north korea are dictated by big kids.

    February 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Everybody knows this is a mockup and Iranians said they would show the mockup in their next week revolution anniversary. But F22 and F35 both had mockup made early on. It's part of the process.

      February 8, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Richard

    I dont care what anyone says. That looks bad ass. Talkin all kind of crap on it, but oh well. It looks sweet.

    February 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThePursuit

      Maybe dad will buy you one for x-mas.

      February 8, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mickey

    so they are gonna make a nuke too? what are they going to use, discarded card board boxes from refrigertors?

    they are going to see how a real one works very soon...

    February 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Javanmard

    This is definitely a mockup. That's not a real aircraft. I have no doubt they designed something. Don't know whether this plane can really fly. The real questions are what engines have they installed in it? Radar? Weapons systems? If they really have a real working aircraft how does it perform?

    If Iran want to be taken seriously, they need to show us some footage of this thing flying.

    February 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • OverlordXenu

      Even if it's just a mockup, the design itself is -terrible-.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
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