Monday, August 06, 2007

Iran begins producing 1st fighter jet

Judging by the photo it looks like a warmed over version of the F-5 Freedom Fighter. If memory serves, the F-5 first flew in 1959. I’m shaking in my boots. Eisenhower was President for Pete’s sake. I can’t imagine this piece of junk has any advantage over a MiG-29 or a Su-37 "Super Flanker". Nor can I imagine that Putin would be unwilling to sell modern aircraft to Iran. This suggests the tantalizing possibility, Iran can’t afford new aircraft. It’s been widely reported that Iran has been late in making payments to Russia for its nuclear reactors (and as a result the Russians have cut off assistance). Putin may be evil but he still expects to get paid.

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