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Iran's '100% Indigenously Made' Fighter Can't Even Be Shown Taking off

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Put yourself in the Ayatollah’s slippers for a second. Iran has just built its first 100 percent domestically produced fighter. The mere sight of the Kowsar (a river in Islam’s paradise) cutting through the sky is sure to make Americans think twice about messing with the Islamic Republic.

Now, imagine you see the video that’s supposed to strike fear in the heart of the Western imperialists, and instead of a mighty flying interceptor, you’re presented with a minute and 19 seconds of something that looks like a failed Hot Wheels design lumbering across the tarmac.

And it never takes off.

The jet, unveiled Tuesday, is described as a fourth-generation fighter and Iran insists it is completely produced inside the country.

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Given Iran’s habit of lying about military capabilities, even the most mild claims have to be taken with a grain of salt.

One of the things we must take on Iran’s honor is the Kowsar’s ability to fly. With no video of takeoff, landing, or flight, we’re forced to put a giant question mark on even the Iranians’ simple claims of a functioning plane.

Iran didn’t earn this reputation for nothing.

From fake missile launches reported by Fox News to footage of actual missile launches that has been deceptively edited, as reported by The New York Times, Iran seems to be unable to back up its fiery rhetoric with anything more deadly than the copy-and-paste tool in Photoshop.

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With antics like this in mind, what Iran is claiming about the Kowsar is incredibly mild.

Its speed of Mach 1.2 and maximum altitude of 45,000 feet seem impressive, but it puts the Iranian fighter behind the American F-16 in both quickness and operational area.

Keep in mind the F-16 was first produced in the 1970s.

Although many details and technical specifications have not been released by Tehran (could anyone believe them even if they were?), Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is positive that this jet will be more than enough to defend Iran if the United States of America gets too annoyed with the terrorism-supporting regime.

“The enemy should see how expensive an invasion of Iran would be, why does not the U.S. wage a military attack on us? Because of our power,” Rouhani said, according to  Fox.

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A single Sidewinder missile costs around $600,000. Iran has a single confirmed Kowsar fighter.

No matter how you do the math, that’s a bargain.

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Jared has written more than 200 articles and assigned hundreds more since he joined The Western Journal in February 2017. He was an infantryman in the Arkansas and Georgia National Guard and is a husband, dad and aspiring farmer.
Jared has written more than 200 articles and assigned hundreds more since he joined The Western Journal in February 2017. He is a husband, dad, and aspiring farmer. He was an infantryman in the Arkansas and Georgia National Guard. If he's not with his wife and son, then he's either shooting guns or working on his motorcycle.
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