Iran’s photoshop team hard at work

Iran photo shop artists are at it again. This time they didn’t just put Iran’s supposed new stealth jet on a show floor, they have it flying over Mount Damavand.

The staff at GIZMODO took notice and quickly tracked down the stock photo at that was then featured in the media blitz for Iran’s supposed Qaher 313 stealth fighter.

We’ve been here before. On Feb. 2, Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran Defense Ministry Ahmad Vahidi were supposedly on hand when the Iranians rolled out the Qaher 313. Plenty of flaws were found in the supposed fighter to include the cockpit and the lack of rivets on the aircraft.

These new photos only go further to confirm the hoax.

Iran’s military has been keeping the photo shop team in Iran busy for awhile now. Who can forget in 2008 when Iran bolstered a supposed missile test by photo shopping a few extra missiles into the frame?

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  • shikodo

    They have no shame…

    • JamalTheBanker

      It looks like they have a fake version of Photoshop too..

    • S S Shely

      They have no real intelligence either

  • Leroy

    Isreal must be peeing their pants lol

    • whatever

      I am not so sure. Israel has the U.S. as its attack dog. If the Israeli government really feel threatened, they can simply put a phone order to their brethren in US Congress, the Pentagon, and/or the White House. A multi-billion-dollar operation funded by clueless US taxpayers will be underway in no time. It has always been done like that since the founding of Israel. I don’t expect any change now.

      • blabla
        • whatever

          US taxpayers have funded the Israeli military to the tune of 2.5 to 3 billion dollars a year for about 3 decades.

          Free technology, training, weapons and ammunitions. Free young and old American lives in proxy wars. Free veto right over US voters and politicians.

          Best weapons client? LOL!!

          I like you name - it really fits!!

      • Ratt

        Actually, since BamBam has been in office that ain’t true.

  • @WoodyStorey

    When will Israel just say enough is enough?….and send in attack aircraft and bloody their nose with the strike we all know is coming against the nuclear site?……just do it, I can’t wait for the Israelies to make that unstable Achmedinejihad angry enough to do something really stupid…..I would hate for the peoples of Iran to suffer for it though, because we know the idiot leader of Iran will just cower in a underground bunker…

    • Kirk

      Quick correction, Ahmadinejad is a loud puppet of the ayatollahs/clerics which really rule the country.

    • JJ6000

      So, you cant wait for a strike that, at best, will delay the Iranian Nuclear program, guarantee that they decide to build a bomb (which they clearly have not yet done), strengthen the regime in the eyes of its people (who curently, do not greatly favor the regime), destroy any cahnce of diplomatic progress with Iran for at least the next 15 years and more than likely lead to a protracted Iranian asymetric response?

      I dont see the attraction of a strike, to be honest - it would likely turn out a lot worse for the west than it would for Iran.

      • Kim

        My guess is that those calling for an attack on Iran/North Korea/whatever are armchair warriors, who - at best - know how to handle a handgun. The pros writing on a blog like this, mainly in the armed forces, will get the job done when called upon, but they’re rarely the ones wanting for a war.

        • crackedlenses

          “but they’re rarely the ones wanting for a war.”

          That was the attitude that got us WWII. Sometimes shooting first costs the least.

          • Kim

            Are you suggesting it was the US military that didn’t want to enter the already raging WW2? Learn your history before posting: Knowing the events leading up to the US declaring war on the Axis powers, one can see that it was the American population - civilians - who weren’t in a rush to join the fighting.

            My comment was not about which wars should or shouldn’t be fought, but rather about the furious rants so often appearing on this blog.

          • crackedlenses

            I was referring to the hesitancy on the part of Chamberlain to confront Hitler leading up to WWII.

            I agree that the American people did not want to enter the war, that is until Pearl Harbor got bombed.

            No sane person wants a war. In the case of Iran/N. Korea/etc., we are looking at those who will become potential threats to ourselves or our interests. It is natural to want to strike first, rather than wait for the enemy to move.

        • Ranger
          • Kim

            I see your point, but disagree about only pro soldiers speaking about war. Wars affect all of society, not just those who volunteer or are called to fight. That’s like saying only medical personnel should talk about health care, or only teachers about education.

  • Bob Dahead

    LOL. Once again these people have shown just how stupid they are. Do they really think we will believe the BS?

  • BobSacamano

    It’s also amazing that Iran can construct an aircraft capable of flying mach 4+, right??!!

  • blight_

    Gizmodo’s primary source:

  • geronimo

    It’s so stealthy it doesn’t exist!

    • steve

      All I can add to this already overloaded conversation is…..NEVER unestimate your enemies….we have a bad history of doing just with some regiularity???

    • whatever

      Well, at least Iran hasn’t wasted hundreds of billions in producing “the most advanced fighter jets in the world F-22 and F-35” which are so stealthy that they are nowhere to be found in the skies (they have been grounded for various sins, such as killing the pilots).

      Iran’s most deadly weapon isn’t stealthy fighters or nuclear warheads; it’s using a currency other than the US dollar for oil exports.

  • Jason

    Hey I think Clint Eastwood is flying that “Beast”!! or was it Owen Wilson? lmao FAIL

  • Lance

    The photo shop team is pathetic it look cheesy as is. Seem they hired a Chinese movie FX team to do there propaganda. LOL

  • Peter

    Well, that’s a first for me. Deleted comment! I really don’t understand why, but, to continue.

    I seriously wonder what Iran’s aims are here. Surely they knew that they were going to get called out over this. So, what is the point in their eyes?

    I would honestly love to know.

    • crackedlenses

      Probably to boost their own confidence and egos. Or perhaps they really do believe all the junk they put out. Wouldn’t surprise me if they have been operating in a virtual echo chamber all this time.

    • Rob

      North K and Iran have the same aims. They do not want part of a Western dominated economy & lifestyle. They want us to drop sanctions and do what they want.

      After Iraq, they are both seeking ability to attack the united states from long range in order to have some strong deterrence against us like Russia & China have.

      Much of this can simply be resolved by removing all non-weapon sanctions against them both.

    • Kim

      Methinks the photoshopped pics are for domestic use. It won’t be the first time a gullible public belives what their government tells them (WMD anyone?), and it won’t be the last. At least we can have a good laugh at this one….

    • dtayls

      You can fool all of the people some of the time…uktr. So they count on gullibility, repeating the lie until someone believes it.

    • Se1

      Their aim (or aims) was threefold. Firstly this was done during the anniversary of their revolution. So it was to show their public what they have (or in this case, soon will have). Secondly it was to create a cover for the actual program. Everyone is saying “Their stealth aircraft is a Joke”, when all they have seen is a plastic replica. in the meanwhile, the actual plane is being developed. Thirdly the plane is not supposed to be all round stealth fighter. It is a stealth wing in ground aircraft.

    • stealth

      Of course The Islamic Republic of Iran knew they were going to get called out..
      And they will..
      Remember what you guys said when The Islamic Republic of Iran Captured “The Beast of Kandahar”
      Everyone was saying that is was a fake..
      No fake.. It was the real thing..
      They even copied it and are mass producing it now and deploying it.
      They even offer other countries protection against drones, cause they became leader before US in dronetechnologie.. Dont forget that they downed all of the caputered drones (atleast 9 is the past 5j) by hacking them wile they were in the sky..
      Best learning school is if you can examen the test itself..
      Anyway just dont be to quick to say its fake, cause they can call you with the NUTS..
      They anounced that they will release more video about the stealth plane soon..

  • Simple Man

    General Parvez Arhmadinedinemeshtoian of the First Cartoon Brigade of the Basiji Fighters and Defenders of the Faith told FARS News today that they have been preparing a fleet of thousands of computer generated fighter bombers that will bring Death to America.

  • UAVGeek

    They need Shoji Kawamori to help them with designs. If it really flies… let’s STEAL it!

    • whatever

      The US has stolen enough stuff from around the world already, don’t you think?

      • UAVGeek

        Actually We invent and develop a lot of stuff, that gets stolen from us. What are you referring to, bedwetter?

        • Oblivious

          I think he may be referring to thievish lowlifes such as yourself. Sounds like you are the bedwetter here. Have you been bedridden and bedwetting for the past 30 years? The U.S. govt has been stealing money, oil, land and even human lives.

          Pull your head out of your ass and breathe some fresh air before you post next time, Ultra Assholic Venomous Geek.

          • UAVGeek

            It’s great to be on top and sucks to be on the bottom. Better hope you end up a little higher on the food chain in your next life.

    • dtayls

      Why steal a moldy loaf of bread even if you are hungry? Even bedwetters and game-playing geeks need proper nutrition.

      • Poop-deck
  • Chris

    I agrre that the picture is photoshoped. I photoshop pictures all day for my clients. The yellowish coloring on the aircraft is from low grade flourescent lighting from the room that the plane was sitting in at the time. If you look at the mountains and clouds, the glare should be more a a bright white. As we as if the plane was of proper stealth calibur, it wouldnt have any light sheen on it at all.

  • Roy Smith
  • Menzie

    |I want one.

  • david

    Maybe if America wouldn’t have “given” nuke material and tech to israel all those decades ago Iran wouldn’t be trying so hard to obtain nukes….

    • blight_

      The French assisted with Dimona’s construction, the Shah had German contractors but never finished Busheshr, the Iraqis used French assistance for Osirak.

    • yesjb

      It was the French who helped build Dimona. Since then they have never built another.
      As far as their technology is concerned, they have plenty of home-grown variety and much of it the US has access to.
      All those decades ago when the Shah was in power and friendly to the US, the Iranians never built a reactor.
      The current leaders there have only one aim and that is to built a bomb and with the help of the NK’s a delivery system. Make no mistake, their targets also include western Europe and America.

      • blight_

        Busheshr was under construction but was not completed before the Iranian Revolution.

  • U.S.A

    ll iran is a sorry nation

  • WRG001

    Include model glue in the list of sanctioned items and the Iranian military industrial complex will fold.

    • UAVGeek

      LOL This has historical precedence the He-219 had the factories that made the glue for it’s plywood structure bombed. As a result airplanes came apart in mid-air.

  • Tribulationtime

    Well, A lot of Defense companies do infographics presentations, right?. I had been thinking about this show and I am very puzzle and spooky too. What kind of Goverment do so nonsense mascarade if that “Beast” can´t fly?. This question is relevant for me due i always thought that International Community were over pressing one Sovereing State avowed by UN. Maybe its time to change my mind.

  • Teachinbundy

    Perhaps we need to look past the obvious domestic propaganda use of the pictures and look at the history of the region, and the arc of regional powers. Then we might see that Iran is trying to re-assert what it believes is it’s right as the “Persian empire” to do this you need a strong military or at very least, the appearance of a strong military.

    • yesjb

      But its role as an “empire” was to try and conquer the world.
      There are a lot of countries who would not be in agreement with those goals.

      • Teachinbundy

        Ah and so the need for a strong military.., all empires are built first on military strength and second on the decline of the incumbent empire.. persian - greek - roman…..british - american…the big question perhaps is who’s “empire” is most at risk from the potential rise of the Iranians, is it Israel / Saudi Arabia..because it’s certainly not the American… :-)

        • yesjb

          “because it’s certainly not the American.”
          No, certainly not in the short term. But like Nazi Germany who initially wanted only “lebensraum” then all of Europe, they were also very interested in extending there range. At the end of the war, it was discovered that the V2 project was also aimed at developing a ballistic missile to hit New York. Further, they already had a prototype jet bomber that could have reached North America.
          Iran too, in the short term wants to exert its hegemony over all of the middle east including the gulf states. Then their broader aims will come out. But even now they can wage war by proxy against the US and western Europe.
          They have an absolutist agenda and can take their time.

          • crackedlenses

            And that is why many are pushing for war now and not after Iran owns most of the ME.

  • Safehouse

    Those morons couldn’t build a Curtiss “Jenny”.

  • Retired Navy

    Yes, but can they (Iran) put a man on the moon next?

  • Gman

    I remember the US wrestling team went to Iran about 10 years ago, and when a Black American wrestler took the stage and waved to the crowd, the Iranians went crazy cheering for him, and gave him a five minute standing ovation. I know as a Canadian that worked in Iran a couple times that many of the people like us westerners, and would be as happy as us to see them go. So don’t be so quick to say “bomb them” or “hit em now”, as many of the people that will die do NOT support the regime there. I’m not saying something shouldn’t be done, I worked as a PSD contractor in Afghanistan for 4 years, I’m just saying don’t paint all of Iran with the same brush.

    • Bobby Gavone

      i agree Gman. I would guess 70%-90% of the Iranians would welcome the freedoms of the West versus their totalitarian regime - it is not not religious - the religion of the state exists to control the state. The work has fallen on the USA to help other nations fight for their God given rights.


      100% correct here, ladies and gentlemen. Most of the US hate comes from the Iranian government. Iran’s people aren’t like North Koreans. They want peace. And, if anything, they are probably less informed than us about their own nuke program. Save the people, down with the government.

  • SSGAccola

    I’ve seen that stock photo before. There’s a spot on there that says, “INSERT PLANE HERE”.

  • Tom

    If you look VERY closely, you can just make out the Space Monkey at the Controls….

  • Tom

    If you look VERY closely you just make out that Space Monkey at the controls…

  • Phono

    lighting, glossyness, brightness, saturation, perspective-angles …
    they should have tried to read a tutorial in the first place!

  • Chuck

    We should have a photoshop contest. Whoever photoshops the Qaher 313 into the least likely scenario wins.

    … oh… wait… I guess Iran already won.

    (you probably saw that punchline coming, didn’t you?)

  • max

    Very odd yet they are cleverly stupid.

  • Roland

    It’s made to mock you. They taught I ran….

  • Beef Supreme

    Take it easy guys. Maybe Iran simply wants to dominate in the virtual reality. In that case they’re making a progress.

  • Se1

    There is a long history of Iran putting out false models and photos of aircrafts for propaganda reasons. But just when the west is convinced that it is all a load of garbage, hey presto! They come up with an actual flying prototype. Now the prototype may not be all they claimed to begin with. But it is not as bad as what west say it is. The reality is that they already do produce some stealth planes and drones and they have successfully reversed engineered (and fully manufactured) a copy of an F5. Also the fact is that a Q -313 aircraft (well a scale model of it) has already flown. The pictures and the models may not be real. But there is an actual aircraft and it would be foolish to assume that they are not capable of building it.

  • Lonnie

    Iran in 2013……. WINNING!

  • James Torpey

    Maybe they plan on it wearing a Bhurka, like their women!

  • JCR

    If it works like the F-35…..we’ll bankrupt them.

  • Mark

    try again

  • Mark

    well, wonder what word I used to get the administrator… well, computer program to delete my comment instantaneously…

  • Zspoiler

    What a joke! a second grader could do a better job

  • Flap Jacks
  • arachnoid

    Is that Wookiee in the flying seat?

  • A C

    They can draw anything they wish with photoshop and say it will fly.. Using it for protection is a different story. The USA is only playiing a game with them.

  • Coutndown Timer
  • محمد

    ما ایرانی هستیم ..ما از هیچ کس و هیچ دشمن اللخصوص امریکا ترسی نداریم اگر امریکا ب ایران حمله کند ..ما اسراییل و پایگاه های امریکا در منطقه را با موشک های خود با خاک یکسان می کنیم