Iran is the new tech country, these days at least, as the country has reported many advances in the few recent days. First they launched a monkey… into space… and recovered it alive. This is Iran’s first space achievement which raised many eyebrows in the international community, and especially military people. In effect, the monkey in space also demonstrated that Iran has the capacity to launch ballistic missiles. And this is a little more worrying than a monkey in space. However, Iran released pictures of the monkey but no actual footage of the launch or recovery. And many experts are now questioning if the launch ever took place. Iran claims they will launch and recover humans into space by 2024. Again, that comes out as a big claim, but it’s nice to see they have a goal pushing them forward. The question is – will the international community let this happen?
Now comes another big news. It seems that Iran has decided to protect itself a little bit better, probably so they can launch monkeys into space more often: Iran has unveiled its newest combat jet, a domestically manufactured fighter-bomber that military officials claim can evade radar. It looks like some parts of the aircraft could evade radar, and others absolutely not. Some pieces of the aircraft look like they fell off the F-35 or F-22, but again, no claim made can be verified. The aircraft is called the Qaher, and nothing about it has come in the news. Tehran has repeatedly claimed to have developed advanced military technologies in recent years but its claims cannot be independently verified because the country does not release technical details of its arsenals. The country launched a self-sufficiency military program in the 1980s to compensate for a Western weapons embargo that banned export of military technology and equipment to Iran.
So, is Iran bullshitting it’s way into high-tech aeronautics? There is not a single data that can be verified, so it’s difficult to believe. We can clearly understand the message sent by Iran, especially to neighboring countries such as Israel, but in a way, the fact that Israel still has not bombed tactical locations just tend to demonstrate all these PR announcements are not so threatening. Or is just a matter of time ?