For more on this story, see Strategy Page.
They point out that the Hawk weighs 30% more (1,300#) than the Phoenix (1,000#), which wasn’t a lightweight itself. But at least it weighs about 678,000# less than the Soyuz booster they used for a picture in the Iranian media report.
Strategy Page’s theory is that they haven’t really been able to do it. Murdoc’s theory is that they might have done it and, if so, they did it so badly that they may as well not even bothered.
UPDATE: Plus, Vodkapundit has the story on a new homegrown Iranian fighter that “is similar to (the American) F-18 but more powerful”. Vodkapundit’s post title?
Iran Announces New Target Drones. Love it! (via Milblogs)
UPDATE 2: Here’s a pic of the scary new Iranian fighter:
Looks like a single-seat F-5 with twin vertical stabilizers to me.
More pics below the fold.
Well, at least one of them flies:
But those don’t look like Hawk missiles (or Soyuz boosters, for that matter).
Here are a few more:
Pics from Mehr News. (via Alert 5)
UPDATE 3: OpFor has another pic. And calls it a “jalopy”.