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. dis'n Iran

    Ameesh. LAKE HAVASU. LAKE HAVASU. Copy? Land your boat plane it eees a beeeg Parteeee!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Larry

    I would love to have been at the Pentagon when this article came out, I bet they are still on the floor laughing.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. palermo

    Amazing 1940s technology! It can take and transmit digital photos...just like my cell phone!. What's next for Iran, a coal-powered rocket? Sad.

    September 29, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Ted

    These are actually "Wing-in-ground" surface=effect vehicles. NOT AIRCRAFT!

    September 29, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. rani

    Hey u, IQ people...thye are cheap to produce and are disposable as wet wipes....imagine thousands of them which I think will be the case. Find a way to get rid of them now. later they will be liike flies...irritating and way too many

    September 29, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Al

    their next announcement is that they are now using the rotary phone and have discovered a vaccine for polio.

    September 29, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. ron brooks

    Words cannot describe what I think of Iran's new weapon of the sky or is it the ocean?? This hopefully made it to the The Daily Show.

    September 29, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. alckok

    lol ... what in the world u need a flying boat in a desert for ...LOL

    September 29, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. publius enigma

    Smugglers dream!

    September 29, 2010 at 1:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Love Wars

    You are all idiots, you are making fun of Iran's military, but arent you still fighting a 10 year war in afghanistan which has no weapons, where is your superiority,, i guess your billion dollar weapons are weaker then the AK47's. Wait you just lost the Iraq war, which again has no weapons. Keep on laughing but it seems these weak countries are more superior then the US and Israel put together... who is laughing now...Also, more then 50% of the US casulties are caused by friendly fire and these are caused by your superior billion dollar weapons. keep on laughing,, ignorant and under educated people you are....

    September 29, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Phillip Bias

    its like a airboat with small wings, it should make a fine addition to the florida attractions. and gaterland

    September 29, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Ryan

    Is this a joke? This is the same nation that was able to figure out how to develop nuclear technology?? OMG, too funny...

    September 29, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. George

    Are they serious??? It's a freakin' toy!! The Defense Minister needs to lay off the ganja.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Kevin

    This is what they will use to drive the Israelis into the sea with?

    September 29, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Rich

    I hear their next project is a really big slingshot.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
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