Iranian president calls plane 'one of the most advanced aircraft' in world
UNCONFIRMED: Aviation experts say craft is 'laughable fake' that won't even fly
After pictures and video were released of Iranian military officials surveying what looked to be a fully operational Q-313, aeronautics experts and casual observers from around the world seemingly tried to one-up each other with their criticism, Yahoo! News, New York Post, Huffington Post, Sydney Morning Herald and other news sites reported.
Because of a Western embargo designed to deter Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, Iran can't buy new jets or spare parts for its air force, making the development of a fully functional stealth fighter unlikely.
"It looks like it might make a noise and vibrate if you put 20 cents in,” Andrew Davies of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute quipped to the New York Post.
David Cenciotti of the Aviationist was a bit more diplomatic when questioning the validity of the jet, mentioning a cockpit too small to hold a pilot and a lack of wiring in the cockpit, among other details, in his analysis.
A video hit
Iran also released a video, much to the delight of mocking viewers.
"I built one of those when I was a kid. I wonder what type of glue they used?" one viewer joked on YouTube.
"Completely fake. Israeli media has already deemed it a hoax that looks like a fiber glass (sic) model. Watch video of the thing and tell me it doesn't look like painted card board (sic). What a joke," another viewer commented.
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