aklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 943 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2902 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?
giblets From UK - England, joined Jun 2013, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2630 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.
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.
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.