News Commentary – March 7, 2013
When Iran first unveiled its new stealth fighter in February many western commentators responded with smirking cynicism. Indeed some claimed that the Qaher 313 was an outright fake.
Business Insider went to some length to explain precisely why the Qaher 313 may never even fly. Concluding that Iran is “famous for building models and systems it never intends to fly”.
Days later a report appeared in the Independent that seemed to confirm that. Claiming that images of the Qaher 313 in flight were obviously the result of “photoshop” manipulation, the Independent quoted one aviation expert as saying that the plane was:
“nothing more than a large mock-up model made out of plastic”, lacking “the characteristic rivets (and) bolts all aircraft, including stealthy ones, feature.”