For those who are interested, the news story in the OP has a picture of Iran's "Saeqeh" fighter, which is based off the chassis of an F-5 but with the tails of an F-18. As many of you noted it is not a stealth fighter, nor is it intended to be.
But I'm sure Ghazi is feeling like a proud papa nonetheless.
Yeah, it does look a lot like the Lightning doesn't it?
I bet the Iranian version has nowhere near the engine power though, or supporting radar systems that can be integrated with an AWACS or the like. May not have the right anti-radar surface either, which I understand requires constant maintenance.
quote: Looks far more like the F-35 than the elegance that is the Raptor
This. It does not look at all like the F-22. And color me extraordinarily skeptical that that thing can a) fly; b) is stealthy; c) poses any serious threat to either penetrating radar, delivering substantial ordinance, or threatening even non-stealth aircraft in air to air engagements.
Iranians are right it's 100% stealth. There is no way that plane will ever be picked up on radar. The reason for this is that the damn thing isn't flight capable. Look at it closely. It's a fabric covered frame. The fabric covering is full of wrinkles.