Iran is building a non-functioning replica of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier that analysts believe may be for propaganda purposes, The New York Times reports.
“Based on our observations, this is not a functioning aircraft carrier; it’s a large barge built to look like an aircraft carrier,” Cmdr. Jason Salata, a spokesman for the Navy’s Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, told the Times. “We’re not sure what Iran hopes to gain by building this. If it is a big propaganda piece, to what end?”
Unlike a typical U.S. carrier, which usually measure about 1,100 feet long, the Iranian version is about two-thirds that size, The Times reports.
This isn’t the first time Iran has tried to present the appearance of having advanced military technology. Last February, a propaganda video was released of Iran’s F-313 “stealth fighter” — an aircraft that was neither stealth nor able to even get off the ground.
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