September 28th, 2010
10:56 AM ET

Iran unveils squadrons of flying boats

Iran's Defense Ministry released photos of what it says are its new radar-evading flying boats, the Bavar 2.

Iran unveiled three squadrons of new flying boats on Tuesday, Iranian news agencies reported.

The craft, dubbed the Bavar 2, is armed with a machine gun and carries surveillance cameras, according to a report from the Iranian Student News Agency.

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"Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the few countries which managed to design, build and use flying boats in a short time," said Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, who oversaw the delivering of the aircraft at the Bandar Abbas naval facility on the Persian Gulf near the Strait of Hormuz.

The delivery comes as Iran celebrates its Week of Sacred Defense, which commemorates its eight-year-long resistance to the 1980 Iraqi invasion, according to the Fars News Agency.

The flying boats look like one Iran used during Persian Gulf war games in April 2006. Media reports from the time include a video of a flying boat taking off.

After those 2006 reports, bloggers poked fun at Iran’s so-called stealth technology, saying the flying boat looked like something anyone could buy in kit form from mechanical magazine ads.

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  1. Rick

    "Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the few countries which managed to design, build and use flying boats in a short time," said Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi,
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    Yes, Iran is now part of an elite club called "every other country in the world".

    September 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. WG

    They will be great for target practice. Bavar season!

    September 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. BaltimoreGuy

    Now if only these boat/planes could be designed to travel on land. Think of it: a war machine with a triple threat!!

    September 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Stone

    I could shoot one down with a simple hunting rifle! My .308 or Rem Mag would splash one of these kitplanes quite easily

    September 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • TxNavy

      It wouldn't surprise me at all. After all, it's just a piece of fiber glass.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SHARKHUNTERSFO

    Nice to see that the Islamic Republic has perfected 1930's technology. Just maybe, if they could spend the time perfecting dry farming so they could feed their people....

    September 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Runforcover

    This just in...aspiring world power proves itself to be closer to the middle ages than previously suspected.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Li Tai Fang

    Looks like a WWII-era seaplane, except that the WWII-era seaplanes flied higher and faster.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. GMAN

    Those pilots must have a real death wish...

    September 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jesse

    It may be hard to spot on radar, but it will be easy to spot on sonar.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Trickle

    @ Darth, thumbs up!

    September 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Radar

    This THING should be nicknamed "SITTING DUCK". The Only thing it'll evade is a kid with a Bow and Arrow shooting at it. Assuming it's a windy day! LOL. Amaddinejhad should pilot one of this since they are as Moronic as he is.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. GMAN

    I count 12. That would be 4 squadrons of 3 Flying Beavers each???

    September 28, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. dave

    Next up, Iran's flying monkey squad.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. SCOTO

    This is the biggest threat to peace since they produced exploding underpants

    September 28, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. GMAN

    Maybe they think that the blue color will blend into the sky thus making themselves invisible...

    September 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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