Only a few weeks after CCTV was caught trying to pass off Top Gun scenes as military footage, Russia has been caught in a blunder of their own. In preparation for Defenders of the Fatherland Day, hundreds of posters like the one above were printed and distributed throughout St. Petersburg sporting images of Russian military might. But instead of displaying Russian fighter jets alongside their tanks and ships, the plane pictured is the Chinese Chengdu J-10. Whoops!
The gaffe was blamed on the poster designer’s lack of military knowledge and on insufficient oversight. Thankfully for Russian pride, the posters were all removed from the streets before the holiday took place today.
Here’s a comparison of the jet from the poster (left) and the J-10 fighter jet (right).