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. SillyT

    evidently this plane's mission is to try to get close to another, then blow itself up!

    February 8, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicholas Smith

      That is beautiful. Love it.

      February 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • GadgetCanada

      Best comment on CNN I've seen in a long time. Well done!!!

      February 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. GI No

    Does the pilot have to open the hatch to fire his pistol? Or are the guns stealth too?

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

      hahah. Its fun reading the comments than actually reading the article.

      February 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nicholas Smith

    I like that they already painted those Bullseye targets on it. Saves us a lot of time in sighting. 😉

    February 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. citizenUSA

    It does look like a bad movie prop. What gets me is the "F-313" on the plane. Western style letters, numbers and format?

    February 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burmey

      International language of aviation is English.

      February 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • fools

      The "western style numbers" you refer to is a creation of India/Persian/Arabs, you fool.. If you like western style numbers so much, start using roman numerals, which is in fact western but was abandoned for what's termed as "Arabic numerals."

      February 9, 2013 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Alex Kinnison

    Having done aircraft design work, I have to agree with many of the assessments here. One thing that leaps out at me (since it was my area of expertise) is; Where on earth is the fuel? Wings are too narrow to hold more than 10 minutes of fuel. Fuselage apparently has the engine stuffed in it and presumably some armaments, avionics, environmental packs, etc., so where does one put the fuel to make it go?
    This has nothing to do with US vs. anyone elses engineering abilities, many countries make fine aircraft, just simple practical concerns about this design.

    February 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • stupidmagnet

      actually the intakes are the give-away that it is a toy only, ... pitch up, and you have blocked intakes that instant, ...

      February 8, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake2055

      Its Solar-powered... but you have to fly really high to charge the batteries!

      February 9, 2013 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. xmarine45

    Are they putting a monkey on this plane as well to test? I

    February 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Phil

    It could be a toy. That would explain the pictures of Santa in the background.

    February 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • GadgetCanada

      LOL!, Another winner!

      February 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Radtech

      That was great

      February 10, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JustAO

    You can't expect a completely corrupt and conservative-thinking country who relies mostly on religious dogma to create their laws to somehow be experts in aerospace technology or any other form of science. It just doesn't happen.

    February 8, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolol

      LOL tell that to the GOP in the USA.

      February 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Robert

    I WANT ONE! When will these be available at Toysr'us????

    February 8, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • W. Barnes

      Already available at TRU. Where do you think they got this one?

      February 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. freckledtrout

    That's a really large model plane until one is actually in the air.

    February 8, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DJF

    Wow, it comes with a Benzie Box!!!

    February 8, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mohammis Shafique-Kaddir

    This is cutting edge Islamic techknowledgy .
    America should view this and tremble in fear .
    Allah be praised !

    February 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Survious


      February 8, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pedro

      Allah, Allah, yeah, yeah, goodbye!

      Watch George Carlin.

      There is no Allah. You're in for a real disappointment when you die... no Allah, no virgins, no glory. Sorry to burst your bubble.
      Here's an idea: Why don't we humans work together to save our planet? Don't you think that energy would be better spent than fighting over someone who doesn't exist? Fortunately humans will eventually become extinct leaving animals to reclaim the planet. That asteroid that passes by on Feb 15 is an example on how we humans must work together to ensure our survival. I'll bet if there was an asteroid that was going to hit the earth, everyone would look to the USA to rescue the human race from being decimated.

      February 8, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vision

      This repressive and murderous regime has hundreds of thousands of political prisoners and you idiot are talking about Iran's fight against Tyranny!!! This regime wouldn’t last for an hour if there was any freedom in Iran. Iran's Islamic regime has no regard for human life.

      February 11, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Terry in Florida

    Looks cool, nifty and menacing... if it were still 1988. I swear they got this design off the cover of an old issue of Popular Mechanics.

    February 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. callmecrazy

    I think Clint Eastwood stole this from the Russians a few years back.

    February 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MrSerious

    Not only that but I hear Iran is also coming out with a rip off GI Joe kid's cartoon....

    Yo Joe!
    He'll fight for Mohammed where ever there's trouble.
    Jihad Joe is there.

    It's Johad Joe against USA the enemy
    Fighting to save the day.
    He never gives up.
    He's always there,
    Fighting for Tyranny over land and air

    Jihad Joe- A real Iranian hero
    Jihad Joe is there

    February 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
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