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. Chief

    Where's the spool and twine?

    September 28, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Rick USN

    Can anybody look at these pictures without laughing? And are the gas "turban" engines. Thank you for putting a smile on my face Iran.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. thoughtdog

    Someone in Iran must have a subscription to popular mechanics......pretty sure i saw these "flying boats" in an old issue...think it was back in the mid 60's. Speaking of the sixties they must be smoking something from the sixties.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Ryan

    What's next? They discover the wheel and sliced bread? I think I saw a couple of these at the Jackson County Fair in Michigan for one of their carnival rides a few months ago but the ride was broke so I didn't get to try it out lol! Send a few 12 year old kids out with bb guns to shoot these down cause they aren't even worth wasting our Military's time with.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Dr. Evil

    Not as scary as fricking sharks with fricking laser beams attached to their frickin heads!!! Muhahhahahahhaa!!!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. aswam'n

    All they need now are sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their frickin' heads

    September 28, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Billy

    See now that's not right. Stealing the kiddie rides from the fireman's carnival. My daughter used to ride those for 5 tickets.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. David

    If you want to cripple the iranian military industrial complex, just confiscate their collection of 1930's 'Popular Mechanics' magazines.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. ND

    Did they just put a propellers on seaplanes and call them a flying boats? Either Iran is so devious that they want us to think of them as silly, while secretly developing nuclear weapons, or they have gone off the deep end like North Korea. On second thought...propeller...airplane...water...didn't they just make a seaplane? What's new?

    September 28, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Your Dear Leader

    They are no match for our glorious stealth blimp attack.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Russ

      ... funniest one I've seen yet

      September 28, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Erik1325

    It was so good I have to repost it – "David

    If you want to cripple the iranian military industrial complex, just confiscate their collection of 1930's 'Popular Mechanics' magazines."

    September 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Barney Rubble

    Wow! Didn't we invent that 100 years ago?

    September 28, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. dogonit

    Now that the Americans are busy posting at this stupid article...we can launch our paper mache nuclear missle!! muyhahahaaaa!

    September 28, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. shumanka

    Good luck trying to evade a F-14 Tomcat in one of these bigwheels

    September 28, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. R. Todd

    Next on the news: The U.S. unveils its new anti-aircraft weapon to combat the Iranian flying boats – a slingshot.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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