On Aug. 21, the first avionics and radar testbed for what it’s thought to be the Saeqeh V fighter jet, made a sudden appearance on the images taken during the presentation of six types of new military equipment held in Tehran.
In fact, according to FARS, the aircraft was showcased during a presentation that included the fourth generation of Fateh 110 missile, Bonian 4 marine engine, Armita space test laboratory, Aras tactical vehicle, Vafa mortar-launcher, and Shahed navigation system.
The front section of the new fighter (an advanced version of the Saeqeh, a modified F-5 with Hornet-like tails) is attached to the tail of a Tu-154 testbed that will be used for high speed tests.
Although we don’t know anything of this “new” aircraft, the military significance of this alleged next generation plane is at least questionable. However, this experimental plane shows that the Iranian aerospace industry is quite active, not only on UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) technologies.
Screen captures from the Iranian TV.
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That has to be one of weirdest aircraft photos I have ever seen
there is pictures with good quality. why are you using these pics?
some of them:
picture hunted by a aerospace-fan during unveiling process!
and this is a 707 with a new engine in nose!
I appreciate what Iran is trying to get out of the F5 airframe but it is time to move on to a new and more modern design…
I guess that rumor about F16 from VZ being used by Iran doesn’t hold much water, you think they would move on to that design, maybe this shows that Iran just can’t go to the next step in aviation because why are they still messing around with a warmed up F5 design?
Oh yes, Iran is going gangbusters to “prove” that they have a modern air force that won’t get tossed like yesterday’s garbage by the IAF. They’ve been digging up stock photos and film footage from the 1980s of their F-14 fleet to plaster all over the internet. I’m amused by the pictures of F-14s supposedly taxiing off to fly missions. In the majority of those pictures, you can see the towbar attached or intakes covered or some other giveaway. The air-to-air shots are obviously old yellowed stock photos or they’re nearly black-and-white because they’re so old that the color has badly faded. It’s a joke.
There’s one piece of logic that completely destroys their myth of flying F-14s: the ratio of maintenance hours per flight hour is extremely high for the F-14. To have a fleet that is generating any kind of reasonable flight hours, they would be spending a mint to maintain those 40 year old jets. Where are they getting the parts?!
I’m thinking about so! many thing that can amaze you :)
I actually work in the aerospace industry, so feel free to educate me.
Bill, how about making an effort to educate yourself, instead of spouting ignorance? There are plenty of photographs and videos on the internet and in aircraft magazines, from recent years, of Iranian Tomcats flying.
The thing that I ALWAYS see with these arguments is that the basic questions never get answered. All I ever see as a response is a lot of “you’re stupid”, “you’re ignorant”, “you’re just full of hate”, etc. for not blindly believing what is posted. Photo ops and the annual air parade is one thing. Generating combat sorties is something else entirely.
i think you don’t know anything about iran!
iran is not a military-dictatorship with iron-curtain borders!
some of f-14s from 2012:
Most of the videos you see on Youtube, and other video websites are posted by private individuals, not the military. So if that is what you’re going by, you are sadly way under informed. But to each their own.