posted on Feb, 3 2013 @ 04:53 AM
While its obvious that the Iranian propaganda machine is making much more out of this than it actually has, I do find it an interesting design, and
all those who are poo pooing it need to stop and think about how far countries like Iran and China are advancing their industries incrementally.
I agree with those who say it is not a full scale prototype, building a small scale progenitor for a forthcoming aircraft is nothing new. Lots of
aircraft designs, particularly in the UK, were preceded by mini versions.
The intakes are a mystery to me though. They appear to be sited in the worst possible place for a fighter and would be completely blanked in high AoA
flight. Oddly though, directly below, under the canard, is a flat panel that looks like the ideal place for an F-22 style intake. Maybe on the full
size version this is where it will be?
Comments on the apparent cheapness of the build seem to miss the point about it being a mock up. While the Iranians are hardly going to be building a
world class fighter, a practical and usable homegrown combat aircraft would be a great achievement and could point to concerns in the future.
And finally, "probably no better than the Typhoon". Get a grip.