Skeptics say Iran’s new stealth fighter is a plastic fake

Iran unveiled a new “super” stealth fighter jet on Saturday, boasting advanced features and an original design — but according to critics it might be a hoax, or at least something much less impressive than what Iran has claimed. In the days since photos of the new aircraft were released, several problems have been identified by aviation experts and other observers who doubt the jet’s authenticity. As the BBC notes, Iran doesn’t have a lot of options when it comes to obtaining new aircraft; the country has been restricted from buying new planes, hardware, or spare parts due to sanctions over its nuclear program.