Photos: Iran’s Fake Aircraft Carrier Repaired, Ready for Target Practice as US Tensions Simmer

New satellite photos suggest an ersatz aircraft carrier built for Iranian forces to use for target practice is once again ready to take a pummeling. Repairs of damage from 2015 began in January, but the mockup now looks completely restored.

Taken by space tech company Maxar Technologies, the satellite photos were given to the Associated Press on Tuesday and show what looks like a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier sitting in the port of Bandar Abbas, Iran.

© AP PHOTO / MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES

In this Sunday, June 7, 2020 satellite photo provided by Maxar Technologies, a fake aircraft carrier is seen off the coast of Bandar Abbas, Iran.

© AP PHOTO / MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES

In this Sunday, June 7, 2020 satellite photo provided by Maxar Technologies, a fake aircraft carrier is seen off the coast of Bandar Abbas, Iran.

The “ship,” however, is just a fake, and substantially smaller than a real US super carrier.

For example, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Nimitz-class ship presently deployed off Iran’s southern coast in the Arabian Sea, is 1,092 feet long with a 252-foot beam.

The faux carrier, however, is just 650 feet long and 160 feet wide.

Sitting on the painted-up flight deck are 16 fighter jet mockups completing the illusion, although the position of the command island is a little strange.

 

Sputnik reported in January that the counterfeit carrier was being fixed up for more target practice.

It was built in 2014 and claimed by Tehran at the time to be a movie prop for a film about the 1988 downing of Iran Air Flight 655, a passenger jet shot down by the USS Vincennes in the Persian Gulf, in which 290 people were killed.

Instead, in early 2015 the Iranian Navy blew the mockup sky high.

While a new attack drill is likely to feature some of the 112 new missile-armed speed boats the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps recently unveiled nearby, any such demonstration would be just as much a message about the Islamic Republic’s missile capabilities as well.

In April, IRGC Navy commander Rear Adm. Alireza Tangsiri boasted of the force’s Zolfaghar anti-ship missile, a powerful weapon with a purported 434-mile range, as well as other weapons like the Noor and Hormoz 2 missiles.

 

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