Is this to suggest the report that this weblog is enjoying sponsorship from a Turkish company, is untrue? Because chances are that it wouldn't be without consequences on their analyses with regards to products on that company's catalogue, including relative to comparable ones manufactured by others. This is leaving aside the omnipresent heavy bias and lopsided reporting of western media on Iran for obvious political reasons and for which there are numerous concrete examples.He is not. His twitter and website has exploded due to his coverage of the second Karabagh war where he gained a reputation of being a reliable source for equipment losses due to the fact he based it all on officially released drone footage and other visual media mostly on the ground. Every single lost equipment he could back up with evidence, thus he is much more familiar with Turkish drones. Iranian drones on the other hand have a much smaller frame of reference, so it makes sense to be skeptical of their capabilities especially its FLIR which is notoriously lacking using only first gen LWIR technology not to mention its small size and low performing IR sensors and FOV capabilities. The size alone should be a big red flag. The FLIR issue has been brought up MULTIPLE times before here so its not like its new, its the most important part of the drone after all. Even Turkey who's has been HEAVELY investing into FLIR technology for nearly 2 decades only made them competitive relatively recently(we are talking about both latest Gen SWIP, LWIR, QWIP and MWIR detector alongside Cryogenically cooled technology), which resulted in export success. Also we don't need to hire some blogger to make our drones look good, its reputation and global export success speaks for itself. Since then he has done this with multiple other conflicts such as in Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Iraq and etc.
As for the FLIR on the Mohajer-6, what are you basing yourself on to believe that it compromises the drone's capabilities? To argue that UAV's equipped with newer generation sensors may present certain advantages or allow for additional applications is one thing, to speak of "poor operational performance" however is a completely different one. Wording is of the essence here. And this is assuming you're familiar with the detailed specifics of the Iranian FLIR. As another user stated above, the Mohajer-6 as well as other Iranian UCAV's have a documented record of successful combat use in multiple theaters, so there's no justification for the sort of semantics used by western journalists. And even if the technology used in Mohajer's FLIR was not the most cutting edge in existence (which I personally have no information about), it's not as if UCAV's became militarily useful only since the introduction of the latest FLIR variants now, is it.
And nobody expects any western source to acknowledge this, really. In fact it would represent an anomaly if they did, so long as Iran doesn't launch a high profile media and PR campaign of her own to counter these reports (which rarely happens for a series of reasons I won't get into), or if circumstances arise in which the broad public will inevitably be confronted with no longer deniable, hard evidence for the performance and quality of Iranian-made weaponry, as happened for example with the attack on the American airbase at Ayn al-Assad, which was just bound to be covered by every mainstream media - and all of a sudden, assorted western pundits as well as state officials themselves ceased trying to cover up, sweep under the rug or downright disinform audiences about the precision and actual operational readiness and effectiveness of Iran's ballistic missiles... Overnight, blog articles and think tank papers struck a modified tone and began factoring in a reality which to objective observers had long been a given. Before Ayn al-Assad, someone like Brian Hook could gabble about how Iranian missiles are "photoshopped" and ineffectual, millions would buy it, but afterwards any such claim would have made him look ridiculous with many.
I'm not versed in technical aspects of the issue at all, but even I can detect biased language. Also what interests me isn't how the Turkish and Iranian UAV's compare, but the way in which Iran-related topics are treated in global media. My focus is on how the hostility of the US, its allies and Isra"el" towards Iran reflects upon the work of supposedly independent media, and how in fact these same media turn into weapons of propaganda, psy-ops and social engineering against Iran on behalf of the mentioned regimes.