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Is Iran's Fotros Drone Real?

Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:42 pm

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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RE: Is Iran's Fotros Drone Real?

Tue Nov 19, 2013 3:04 am

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.
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RE: Is Iran's Fotros Drone Real?

Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:00 am

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.
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RE: Is Iran's Fotros Drone Real?

Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:34 pm

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



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.
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RE: Is Iran's Fotros Drone Real?

Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:32 pm

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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