We all have that annoying neighbor bragging about what they are “going to” buy next. In my case, they usually talk about expensive guns, a huge new pickup truck, or maybe a center console boat. But, somehow, the big ticket item just never seems to show up.

Iran is kind of like that BSing neighbor but in the form of a country of 84 million people. They also say they will sell us oil, but that’s a different story for another day. Back to fighter jets…

According to The Times of Israel, Iran is “weighing plans” to purchase multiple Sukhoi Su-35, aka Flanker-E, fighter jets from Russia. At least that is what the commander of the Iranian Air Force, General Hamid Vahedi, has told the Iranian press. As I was reading through the Tehran Times online (I canceled my paper subscription a long time ago), I noticed where Vahedi is quoted as saying the purchase of the jets is “on the agenda” of the Air Force.

General Vahedi concedes that the decision is not his but belongs to the Army and the Armed Forces General Staff Headquarters. Maybe that will give him an “out” when it comes time to save face.

This fascinating photograph of a Flanker-E was taken from a US P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea. There was one on each side of the Poseidon so close that the American aircraft could not safely maneuver. Image Credit: Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan Nelson

The Times of Israel notes that this announcement by Tehran comes about a week after Russia received Iranian drones to be used in its war against Ukraine. Reportedly, some of these have already broken down. More on that later.

The Turkish publication SavunmaSanayiST reported on Iran’s aspirations two days ago in its online publication. So please take this all with a huge grain of salt. None of this has been verified (to the best of my knowledge). However, that’s not to say this kind of information gathering has no value, quite the opposite. Iran is in the rumor starting business here. They want to flex their muscles in cyberspace without having to spend any actual money. If enough of the kinds of pieces that the Turks are putting out appear on the internet, people are going to believe that Iran is in possession of 2 new squadrons of generation 4+ fighter jets.

Example of a misleading title of an otherwise visually interesting YouTube video. Source: Future Technology of Military (no, that’s not a typo)