Iran's New Stealth Fighter

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    There's been talk. Here it is.

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    There's also a video of a test flight but it looks like RC.
     
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    Does this count as the first "reverse engineered J20"? :p

    But seriously, the first impression I had when I saw it was 'when are they going to attach the wings?'

    This thing has some interesting design features, like the 'w' shaped wings and having the intakes above the fuselage, but there are also some really questionable features, like that clumsy and heavy looking exhaust, the aforementioned tiny wings, the lack of natural blending between the main wing and semi-fixed canards to the fuselage, and that canopy looks like it might shatter if someone looked at it funny.

    The whole plane is also too small by far to be viable and I have serious reservations about how airworthy this thing is going to be, and even bigger doubts about how effective the stealth shaping has been designed.

    This looks far more like a plastic mock up than a real flying prototype imho.
     
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    Irans war is as much as a media war too

    So in that sense this is a job well done and respect for always trying to make things work
     
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    BINGO! We have a winner on aisle nine! Those were almost exactly my own thoughts.

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    I mean, look at the electrical chord in the one picture snaking away behind the picture of the Ayotollah. Oops. LOL! They're powering it with either 110 or 220 VAC for heaven's sake.

    Ah, come on Mace...post a link to the video. We'd like to see it.
     
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    Well, I can't even see anything on this plane that would need any power, even the formation lights on the wingtips looks to be non-functional. Although to be fair, I think that chord is to power the stripper stage they have this thing mounted on. You can see from the two pictures that it actually spins around, and considering the power source, the lack of any sort of ramp to roll the plane on and off, and the flimsy feel of the stage as well as the fact that it spins around, I would have to say that this is more evidence that this is a mock up, as I am struggling to see such a flimsy stage being able to support ~10t of weight if this was a real prototype or picture how they would get the plane on and off that stage if it was real.
     
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    The Iranians still fly F-5s and J-7s right? Just visually, the small aircraft size, stubby wings, single engine, and small intakes make me think that they came up with a 'stealthy' airframe built around the engine of one of those old planes.

    I guess there's no way to tell if it's for real or not until there's clear video of one flying. Just as plawolf said, that one piece bubble canopy sure looks flimsy. The edges of the airframe that meet the canopy and the edges of the canopy itself look rather crude and overly clean. My bet would be it's a mockup.

    As to whether or by how much any of these planes (this thing, PAK-FA, J-20, J-31... even all the US stealth aircraft) are actually stealthy, like so many other things about weapons these days, I don't think we can really know unless we're at a radar station with one coming at us!
     
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    Until the plane take off from the ground, then I believe it.
     
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    If he Won't then I will..... * Cue Ominous Melodramatic musical score* BWHAHAHAHAHA!!! *Cough* *Cough* ah, It's not that funny.
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    HHAHAHA I have to give them mad props for making a pretty decent prop. Maybe they can sell it to Michael Bay for his next movie. The entire design doesn't even make any sense at all not to mention impractical as all get out.
    Even if someone were to actually built that and make it fly however improbable, it won't be of any military use because it is just too small to carry any meaningful weapons load. The nosecone is also way too small and short to carry any decent radar. With the small size there is no way to have any internal bay either unless you want it to carry a couple Zuni rockets only. I also don't see a HUD on the cockpit unless the Iranians have some perfected an exotic new generation of lifelike 3D holographic helmet mounted displays which replaces HUDs although the helmet worn in the video looks like it came out of the vietnam war era.
    The engine housing is also stupid. It is design to look like TVC except it isn't and is part of the airframe .. so why design it like that?
     
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    Well it was getting late for me plus I knew someone else would post it and Terran did it.
     
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