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.

Video: Watch boats soar

"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. Islamic Repooblic

    Where is my flying car ??

    September 28, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jay

    Its a kit plane with a lawnmower engine.... :-/

    September 28, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. John

    They can’t be serious!!! You know what the life expectancy of those pilots would be in combat?
    I think this might be Iran’s way of getting into the personal aircraft industry. For military use this thing is a joke.
    But seriously how fun would it be to own one of these things!?!?

    September 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Apollo01

    Weapon? You call that a "weapon"? It barely qualifies as a toy for a weekend at Lake Havasu..........

    September 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Kiwini

    WOW, these vehicles are so cool. On the water it looks very much like an unlimited hydroplane. It appears to operate on the water similar to a hydroplane. The extension of the sponsons (the outrigger like portions of the vehicle) are greater than a hydroplane and are modified to be wings. Just a cool vehicle. I suspect that this vehicle can only operate in relatively calm water. Since I live on the ocean I don't think I will see one in my part of the world.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • D.H.

      They actually operate a few feet above the water.

      September 28, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. blah1232

    the level of ingornace is shocking here perhaps you don't realize that they could be turned into unmanned planes very easilly and because they are cheap to make (snow blower engines) and riveted alumm they could sneak upon and swarm a carrier group and oil tankers(destroying our economy and ability to conduct war effort) with explosive charges and totaly destroy them.Also they could lay mines and strafe invading troops on beach heads .Alwalys remember quanity is better that quality if a 100 of these things could take out a mutibillion dollar carrier than they have a more effective weapons system and our f-22 s will be useless ,thats the problem with our defense industry no real innovation just a cold war model that serves as a money hole for big defense contractors like lockheed martin and such.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • B

      Oh my lord, these posts are funny and ridiculous... Hey man, I have an RCA too (Radio controlled Aircraft), do it for a hobby. I could strap it with tnt as well, doesn't make it practical against a destroyer, does it????

      September 28, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John

    I wanna get one of these things for the kids.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. My Head In A Jar

    Now that i have my flying boats
    I fart in your general direction
    You American fleas
    I stomp my feet and yell terrible things
    and i laff at you.......ha ha ha ha
    Now who is your daddy ?

    September 28, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. JeffC

    Finally libs and conservatives can agree on something, that Iran's technology is a joke.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. dwighthuth

    Just wait until Iran turns their new flying boats into munition delivery platforms to launch from small river inlets to bomb Israel with. Better yet wait until Iran sells a few hundred to the Taliban to be used in suicide attacks from the air.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Joe M.

    My, My, My!! So impressive! Its only about 80 years BEHIND the development of flying boats in the USA. Whats next? Electric toasters? Maybe ground troops using flourescent hoola hoops to confuse their enemies? Can't wait to see what's next!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. dan holland

    Telegraph to squadron commander from Gun BoatShip 3 "Sir, please stand down squadron take off. I cannot start my engine. My pull cord broke upon starting. Please don't have me stoned to death...I think the salt water had an affect on the small cord. Respectfully request an new pull cord and 10 millimeter socket. Additionally, upon completion of mission I would like to request to replace my 5.5 hp Craftsman pull cord engine with a 6.5 Briggs & Straton electric start. I will be at the Al Habib Al Monsouri Marina at dock #5.....thanks...your pal Habib.....

    September 28, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. jay

    THere was some poster back at the start that said, SO what, some students killed some americans... uh.. no they did not. They held American Embassy staff for 444 days during 1978-79. Among the ringleaders of this band was Mr. A himself, although he says the photos lie. Before you can be taken seriously, you need to know your own history, if your not American, it's understandable.

    I would suggest that those that DON"T have a long memory,stick their heads in the sand, make as much fun of this boat as possible and realize the scenario for their use is very real. Just like we build weapons for use, other countries do to and it should be taken into account as both a defensive and a suicide weapon since they are inclined to that type of warfare.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • B

      That would be 1979-1981 Reagan's swear in as President Mr. History buff...

      September 28, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chut Pata

    American have forgotten that it was not the guns that defended Iran against the onslaught of Iraq. Iraq had all the latest weapons purchased from the USA by Saudi money, whereas Iran's American weapons purchased during Shah's time was just junk because the supplies were not there. Iranians rag clad army defended Iraq for 10 years just with the spirit of Iranian people to die for their countries. When USA attacks Iran, this time directly, it wont be the flying boats that would defend Iran, it would be the will stop USA of imposing their dictators (like Shah) on their democracy.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • B

      Ha! another funny post... Bring it on. We did to Iraq what you guys couldn't do in ten years in ten days...

      September 28, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jeff

    They would have looked better with some flames on the side or a half naked chick with a saying like "offical virgin inspector". Wait...wait what about racing stripes! Yeah baby! Just remeber blame the Iranian goverment for this sad pictoral not the people. After all we had a President who could not even speak our own language...you know the "stategery" guy. All the same, those personal watercraft would be blown away by tall wave.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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