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Is Iran's Fotros Drone Real?  
User currently offlineaklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 872 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2613 times:

After all the fuss about Iran's claimed stealth fighter that looked like a fake, I was expecting some comment about the Fotros drone announced today. Looks a bit flakey to me. The body panels don't fit well, the warning markings are in English, and those tail booms look awfully flimsy to me. So experts, is it real or is it another fake?

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User currently offlineOroka From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 906 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2461 times:

Looking at those panel lines... fake. Even if it is an unfinished prototype... it is more believable than a stealth fighter. Who knows what knowledge they have picked out of the RQ-107.

User currently offlinegiblets From UK - England, joined Jun 2013, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2341 times:

Iran has a great history of producing models of miraculous aircraft and missiles (see the Qaher 313 for an example), the drone itself looks remarkable like the Israeli Heron Drone.
Whilst it undoubtably can fly, the Iranians have a video of a landing and take off (in which it looks a tad shaky!), the question is if it can do anything else. It has a dome for Satellite communications (like other drones (but no satellite to beam stuff to)). Bombs on board, but no guided weapons capability, the liklihood of hitting anyting is low.


User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6614 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (5 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2253 times:

If you compare it to the Heron UAV, for example, there's little between them in terms of overall geometry.

http://en.trend.az/regions/iran/2212294.html

http://www.israeli-weapons.com/weapons/aircraft/uav/heron/heron.html

The Heron would appear to be rather better streamlined and I'd seriously question the rear face of the engine housing on the Fotros that is too wide and will be rather draggy. You'd expect the cross section to reduce until it's not much bigger than the prop spinner.

http://en.trend.az/photo.php?newsid=2212294&picid=573198

In that respect, and looking at the elevators in the above photo that don't seem to match up in the middle, I do wonder if it's a plastic plane rather than one that flies. You'd expect things to fit better on a real plane.



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User currently offlinestoobie From United States of America, joined Sep 2013, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2117 times:

That flat bottom seems peculiar.

Iran has flying and functional drones; however, this one, if it does fly, probably has a midget with a disposable camera inside.


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