Did Iran Just Shoot Down Israeli F-35 Over Isfahan?!

Did Iran just shoot down an Israeli F-35 fighter over Isfahan?! Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Iran Just Shot Down Israeli F-35 Over Isfahan!

People are sharing a video on social media, claiming or suggesting that Iran just shot down an Israeli F-35 fighter over Isfahan!

Joseph / Athar / Imran Haider : 🚨BREAKING🚨

IRANIAN NTI AIR CAPABILITIES SEEN DESTROYING THE FIRST ISRAELI F-35 IN HISTORY OVER ISFAHAN

Kuvira Regime Team : Can confirm. I’m seeing this video all over Persian telegram channels

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Truth : Iran Did Not Shot Down Israeli F-35 Over Isfahan!

This appears to be yet another example of fake news circulating online, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : That Video Was From A Video Game

The viral video does not actually show Iran anti-aircraft personnel shooting down an Israeli F-35 over Isfahan.

It is really just a clip from a gameplay video called “Anti-Air C-RAM System in Action shot down Fighter Jets – Surface-to-Air Missile – Mil-Sim – ArmA 3“.

The gameplay video was recorded using the game, ArmA 3, which is also known as ArmA III or Armed Assault 3 – an open-world, military tactical shooter game by Bohemia Interactive.

This particular gameplay video was posted on YouTube by Compared Comparison on 30 July 2022, so obviously it has nothing to do with the Israeli strike on Iran in April 19, 2024.

Fact #2 : F-35 Does Not Have Canards

Compared Comparison did not state what fighter jets were featured in the video, only that they were shot down using the the 20mm gatling gun on the C-RAM/Phalanx CIWS.

However, if you look closely at the aircraft in the viral video, you can see that it has canards – small wings in front of the main wings. It could be any one of these fighter jets with canards:

  • Eurofighter Typhoon
  • Dassault Rafale
  • Saab JAS 39 Gripen

But the aircraft in the viral video is most certainly not the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II, which lacks any canards.

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Fact #3 : It Was Posted As Houthi Shooting Down F-15 Earlier

The perpetrator of this hoax, Joseph, asked his followers to “please go into the comments and call out all the fraudsters saying its fake, thank you.

Not only did he falsely misrepresent the video as Iran shooting down an F-35 over Isfahan, he actually posted the same video on 12 January 2024, claiming that it showed Houthi forces shooting down an American F-15:

Joseph : 🚨BREAKING🚨

HOUTHI ANTI AIR CAPABILITIES SEEN DESTROYING THE FIRST AMERICAN F-15 OF THE WAR OVER SANA’A, YEMEN.

He even used the same syntax for that fake claim!

Fact #4 : Israel Only Launched A Drone Strike

Regardless of the fake video, it is impossible for Iran to shoot down any Israeli F-35 fighter jets, because Israel never sent any on 19 April 2024.

The April 19 strike by Israel used drone, as well as at least one missile. No Israeli fighter jets – F-35, or otherwise, were involved.

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