On the one hand the technology seems impressive.....Iran can build medium sized planes. Not many nations can. Though it would be interesting to know what percentage of the parts are made in Iran, and what percentage is imported....and then assembled. Some so-called indigenous weapons/arms in Third World countries mostly often contain 70-80% foreign manufactured parts, and are then assembled in the Third World country. In the pure engineering sense the weapon system then is not a local product.
During war time such a plane will be vulnerable to missiles and modern jet fighters. In other words they are useless, expensive weapon systems that Iran does not need, prowling the seas.
As has been explained previously pouring Iran's limited defense resources over the seas is a Jew trick. What will matter is what happens on land.......in/on Iran.
However the illegal mullah regime installed by the USA/UK insist on showing the world their technological prowess, especially after shutting down all universities and research facilities for many years after the fake "Arab Spring" "Islamic Revolution" of 1979.
Iran with its limited defense resources, and a Third World regime with limited friends, and limited arms markets including and especially the domestic market needs to focus on just a few weapons systems.
Iran does not need to build propeller planes, helicopters or even aircraft carriers.
Iran needs to focus on building 4th generation jet fighters, with all parts manufactured in Iran......to boost the current extremely meager 190 serviceable jet fighters in operation. Iran does not need to copy an old American trainer F-5 Tiger-shark designed in 1957 in the USA, with two added tail-fins, and then manufacture a dozen thereafter.
It is a great surprise that the puppet mullahs installed by the USA/UK in 1979 have not tried to copy the F-14, and then simplify it production and parts wise, BUT have instead focused on a wide variety of wholly irrelevant weapons systems.
There after air-defense is also a priority.
Then finally the Army, protecting the landmass.
Iran has technology to make heavy aircraft: Vahidi
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi dismisses anti-Iran sanctions, saying the country has succeeded in acquiring the technology to design helicopters and heavy aircraft.
“The marine patrol aircraft and Shahed (Witness) chopper which have been designed and produced based on all international standards are shining examples that sanctions have failed to prevent progress,” said Vahidi on Monday.
He added, considering the country’s demands, the marine patrol aircraft has been designed and manufactured by Iranian experts with capabilities equivalent to the most advanced planes in the world, IRNA reported.
Vahidi said only some countries have the expertise to build the 20-25 ton marine patrol aircraft and emphasized that the indigenous plane is among such type.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and gained self-sufficiency in essential military hardware and defense systems.
Iran has repeatedly assured other nations, especially regional neighbors, that its military might poses no threat to other countries, insisting that its defense doctrine is merely based on deterrence.