|Photo source: Top left:ettellaat newspaper, Top right: the original photo from Chiba university (note the small wind turbines in the original Japanese picture), bottom left:Chiba university, bottom right: Chiba university|
A regular reader of this blog has brought it to our attention that the Iranian VTOL drone unveiled this month is actually a Japanese drone, QTW (Quad Tilt Wing) UAV (1). The Japanese drone was developed by Chiba university's Nonami robotics and system control laboratory in 2008 in collaboration with "GH craft".
The reader was kind enough to provide a link to another post by Gary Mortimer at suasnews.com describing this on November 16, 2012; the post included links to the Japanese website and photographs.(2)
The Japanese GTW UAV is capable of carrying a 5 kg payload for 15 minutes, in case you were wondering.
When I wrote about the subject on November 8, 2012 (3), I was working under the assumption that the Islamic Republic regime was simply embellishing its accomplishments, claiming that its VTOL drone was the "first" in the world. I clearly underestimated the regime's willingness to fabricate news for propaganda purposes. It is no longer content to spin real news to its benefit, but is now blatantly fabricating news and accomplishments out of thin air, no pun intended.
Clearly the propaganda chiefs in Iran are underestimating the "rain man" factor, and the ability of many to catch them red handed when they do lie. The Iranians should also keep in mind that the IAEA has a few rain men of its own.
I look forward to hearing the cyber basij's retort on this issue; multiple posts under different names welcome.