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Iran has successfully tested the prototype of its first domestically-built stealth fighter, a senior Air Force commander said Sunday.
"The plane, due to its physical attributes and the material used in its body, cannot be detected by any radar," Air Force Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh, the force's coordination deputy, told reporters.
He said data from the test-flight had been favorable and the force will move forward with its plans for the plane, called Sofreh Mahi, meaning Manta Ray, Fars News Agency reported.
Brig. Gen. Nasirzadeh, however, explained that the production process will not be rushed as such complex systems need thorough analysis and exhaustive testing.
So they now have the capability to take down satellites?
According to Press TV, Iran on Wednesday successfully test- fired a satellite rocket and unveiled three new satellites and a satellite carrier to mark the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution.
Iran has successfully tested a radar-evading aircraft, a commander said on Sunday, in the country's latest announcement of technological advances as it marks the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution.
The semi-official Fars News Agency, citing senior air force official Aziz Nasirzadeh, said the prototype of a radar-evading aircraft named Swordfish had been test-flown.
"The prototype of this aircraft ... Completed all radar evading characteristics considered by us," he said. "We are evaluating the data from the test flight and it will go into production after completing additional tests."
Iran is embroiled in a dispute with the West over its nuclear program and often makes announcements of progress in its military capabilities, in an apparent attempt to show its readiness to respond to any military attack.
Iran Successfully Tests 1st Radar-Evading Aircraft
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran has successfully tested the research model of its first home-made radar-evading aircraft named 'Sofreh Mahi'(flatfish), a senior Iranian army commander announced on Sunday.
"The research model of this plane which staged a successful flight passed all radar-evading tests that we desired," Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army Air Force General Aziz Nasirzadeh told FNA.
The General said that the flatfish-inspired shape of the aircraft as well as the materials used in its structure have provided the aircraft with the radar-evading capability.
He also announced that once the aircraft passes further tests and its features and capabilities are completed, the Defense Ministry will start its mass production.
Production of the actual size as well as mounting and testing weapons and a number of systems on the aircraft are the next phases before we can start its mass production, Nasirzadeh said.
Iran in June successfully tested a home-made radar-evading Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with bombing capabilities.
"This airplane is a model drone built on a one-seventh scale for the defense ministry," Commander of the Iranian Army Air Force General Hassan Shah Safi said, adding that the UAV bomber would be produced in virtual size and would join the Iranian Air Force fleet in the near future.
He explained that the UAV has been designed and manufactured for reconnaissance and bombing missions, considering its radar-evading capability.
Originally posted by john124
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Iran also says their space industry is better than NASA according to Presstv.
They stuck a mouse onto a rocket and call it science, and god knows what this stealth fighter actually is.
Iran Claims New Stealth Drone That Can Attack US Gulf Fleet
File photo of an Iranian UAV.
Israel testfires anti-missile system in 'message' to Iran
Jerusalem (AFP) Feb 11 - Israel carried out a successful night-time test of its Hetz (Arrow) anti-missile missile system Sunday in what public television described as a "message to Iran". The defence ministry confirmed the test-firing, the first since December 2005 when the military announced the system was fully operational. "This test-firing was aimed at checking the functioning of the Hetz at night and in extreme conditions against a ballistic missile," a ministry statement said. "All the system's components worked perfectly."
Public television said that a Hetz fired from the Palmahim base, south of the commercial capital Tel Aviv, intercepted a missile fired from a high-altitude aircraft, the television said. Public radio said the missile firing was designed to imitate Iran's Shahab-3, which has a range sufficient to reach Israel. Army radio noted that the firing coincided with the Iranian regime's celebrations for the anniversary of its overthrow of the Western-backed shah in the 1979 Islamic revolution. For the first three years after its launch in 1988, the United States paid 80 percent of the Hetz project's cost, but now the costs are shared equally. Since the 2003 overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, the project's primary focus has been Iran, which Israel now sees as its main threat.
by Staff Writers
Tehran (AFP) Feb 10, 2007
Iran said on Saturday it has started mass producing and using a stealth drone with a range of 700 kilometres (420 miles) that it claims is undetectable to radars. "We have built a drone with a more than 700-kilometre range which can collect information and shoot films," the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards, General Yahya Rahim Safavi, told Iran's Arabic-language satellite news channel Al-Alam.
"The material and the shape of this drone make it undetectable for radars, so it can not be targeted," he added.
"The drone has passed its experimental phase and it is being mass produced, and we are currently using it in our operations," Rahim Safavi, said without giving more details.