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. GMAN

    Man I would love to do some bonefishing in one of those puppies

    September 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. old observer

    I have read much laughter and seen much humor throughout this blog. Remember, there are 12 potential nulclear device delivery systems floating in the water. Enough of these attacking simultaneously could sink an aircraft carrier.
    "Remember the Cole" – 12 October 2000.
    OO

    September 28, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. SUUUUUUPER

    MacGyver would be proud..........

    September 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Tsshhh

    Compass ring: check
    Light saber: check
    Flying boat: check
    Let's fight!

    September 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. StarkRG

    I don't see how these would be that useful in actual combat. No jet engines, over water they'll be heard miles away (sound waves travel much further over water).

    Perhaps they're thinking we're building a giant floating death-sphere that could obliterate an entire country and its only weakness will be something a small, one-manned fighter could get to. No s-foils to lock into attack position though.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. BodyThief

    And all this time we thought they were working on nukes.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Dean

    Isn't Iran a desert? Why would they need a flying boat?

    September 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. SUUUUUUPER

    MacGyver would be proud.......

    September 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. CheeseSteak

    Remember kids, and I'm talking to you Iranian fanboy wannabes. 90% of their military tech is recycled Soviet stuff from days gone by. And the Ruskies we nothing if not willing to mess with alternative designs. Sadly for them, it turned out to be quite the waste of time, and MONEY. So if Iran wants to keep trying to wow their rubes while the rest of world chuckles at them (hell even the Chinese are chuckling), its their right. But as far as Americanski being arrogant, maybe so, but no one, I mean NO ONE has the stuff we do. Can you say Predator?

    September 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. HG

    Umm, good target drones for a CIWS. I'd like to see one trying to get close to a U.S ship.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Redeye Dog

    Stealth, my @ss!! What a joke!! Ha! Ha! These toys would provide great recreation for our sailors at sea given "weapons free." Woo-Hoo!!" Shoot um up!!! You could probably knock one out of the air with a flare gun!!

    That aside, they could also make very effective suicide vehicles delivering strategic NBC strikes....

    September 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. PacerLJ35

    To Iran:

    Welcome to the club of countries that have invented and operated flying boat aircraft...except you're about 70 years too late. You managed to design an aircraft that would fit right in with aerospace technologies present in the 1930s. In fact, your single-machine gun boat powered by a very weak piston engine would have been considered obsolete even in the 1940s. I'm sure the US Navy's Phalanx defensive systems will enjoy using them as target practice on the Gulf...

    September 28, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. aussiearn

    Cheap, easy to build, easy to maintain, they might look ridiculous but build enough and if used in proper context they would be quite effective.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • PacerLJ35

      Quite effective against...what...a luxury yacht? Seriously, I can't imagine they fly much faster than 100 knots. Regardless of how "stealthy" Iran thinks they are, they would be toast by the various optical, IR and radar defenses on any US asset. I don't imagine their single machine gun can reach out and touch anything far enough out to render it safe to use around a real, modern warship or aircraft.

      September 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. henry

    dear god, jimmy buffet is designing weapons for the iranian military!

    September 28, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Kerry Berger

    One surface to air missile and bye-bye sea plane.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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