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. Parker

    Beware these boat planes.

    January 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Buckitall

    Haha, they look like they have no maneuvering capability except one tiny rudder on the tail. That's not going to make for accurate strafing runs with the machine guns, nor will it give them evasive capabilities from a manually controller mounted machine gun on even your most basic cargo ship/destroyer. I'd be really interested in seeing one of them come at your average ship.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jake

    Stealth? I'm not an aviation expert by any means, but there's more angles on that thing that it would probably whistle while flying at less than 5 knots an hour and show up on radar as big boat flying in the air. It looks like modified airboat with wings.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Me

      Aaah, you're missing the real power of the boats. They tend to crash on takeoff and sink. Stuff sitting still at the bottom of the ocean is hard for radar to pick up!

      February 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LYurd

    Those are Searey kit planes painted fancy, You can shoot one down with a BB gun, lol. Stealth my ass, it has a propeller in the back , how is it stealth with a prop engine, you can probably hear those things coming from 10 miles away, Ray Charles can shoot one of those things down with deadly accuracy. LMFAO

    February 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. cleareye1

    These are meant to be water park rides. So is the so called "fighter jet" they just introduced.

    February 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Me

    I wonder what happens when Mr.FlyingGunBoat meets Mr.Apache?

    February 8, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Somone

    It would be funny if they truly were some how ironically awesome fighter jets.

    February 8, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • SGT Burris

      The boats are what the new fighter jet will look like when it turns over in the water..

      February 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. pasternak

    those things dont have much of a radar signature,and are much to slow to be targeted by modern weapons systems,ie f 16s and up. choppers yes,if the choppers have a visual.

    February 8, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • BCP

      F-16s have no problem targeting slow moving and even stationary objects on the ground. I don't think the slowness of these things is going to save them.

      February 8, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • vchism712

      Those craft will have an excellent radar profile. The large, flat tail and horizontal stabilizer sticking well above the fuselage and the large prop and engine......nothing even remotely stealthy about this craft...unless its in the process of sinking.

      February 8, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DaFizz

    HAHA, otherwise known as seaplanes. Yes you are on the cutting edge Iran....

    "Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the few countries which managed to design, build and use flying boats in a short time"

    February 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Keith

    HAHAHA. Those planes can't possibly be a serious attempt at nextgen warfare. Iran is pathetic.

    February 8, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Keith

    Recreation float-planes look more aerodynamic than those things. And where exactly are the guns?

    February 8, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. kittykaiti

    I wouldn't waste Air Force resources to shoot those things down, even with old P-51 Mustangs. Send a couple Marine snipers on a Cessna to take them out of the sky. LOL

    February 9, 2013 at 1:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. CHess

    It's interesting how many aviation experts there are posting comments. Nowhere in the article above does it say it's a STEALTH aircraft. It says it's radar evading – a different animal. This means that they are designed to travel below ground based radars and would probably be difficult to spot by airborne radars if they fly that low. The same principle that the massive SAC B-52s were relying on to get them to their strategic targets. Those weren't stealth either, but they were radar evading because of the way they were meant to fly.

    Of course, beyond that, I have to agree that this does look like a kit from Popular Mechanics. Not sure how much good they'll be for anything but low-tech reconnaissance. Oh, and maybe making emergency water landings after they've been hit by small arms fire.

    Would be interesting to see how they intend to use them.

    February 9, 2013 at 1:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Georgie the smart one

    I just wonder when I RAN is gonna reveal their aircraft carrier "The INS Mohammad".20 rowers and a sail for stealth technology.

    February 9, 2013 at 2:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Robert Platt Bell

    They are known as WIG craft – Wing In Ground-Effect. And they are nothing new. The Soviets built a monster one back in the 1970s – the Eraknoplan. I have written a Patent on one.

    The model shown above is a commercially available WIG (or is based on one) that I believe was made in Germany.

    While the ground-effect boat is an interesting concept, I am not sure how effective it would be for military purposes. They would be very slow targets and easy to hit with a machine gun.

    The big problem with a WIG-vehicle, as the Soviets discovered is that if a wingtip hits the water at high speed, it tears the wing off.

    For this and various other reasons, ground-effect boats/aircraft (in the U.S. they are registered as boats) have never made it beyond the hobby stage.

    There is a youtube video of a hovercraft modified with WIG wings sold as a kit. It is pretty cool.

    February 9, 2013 at 7:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
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