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. American Patriot

    Hey now there new jet and boat can fly off in to the sun set together

    February 11, 2013 at 9:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ace Boomkoom

      And make baby VTOL stealth submarines.

      February 11, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • BD5000

      These might have been cool in, I don't know WWII.

      February 12, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. James Crakorjn

    I see Briggs & Stratton has started shipping to Iran...

    February 11, 2013 at 10:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Carlo

      That was funny!

      February 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rick

    And to think Bush wanted us to be afraid of them.

    February 11, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mel la Pela

      Yea, why be afraid of a little ol' nuke in the hands of a madman who wants to obliterate Israel off the map.....

      February 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Archlyche

    Looks like the Russian Akronoplan in a smaller, sportier version.

    February 11, 2013 at 11:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Aaron

    I believe high school robotics teams have created more dangerous things with lego's. Iran is a joke! The Canadian milita could take care of them. LOL

    February 11, 2013 at 11:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Thufir60

    Flying boats, hmmm, weren't we building those shortly after the biplane in the 20's? They are only about 100 years behind us.

    February 11, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Beeper King

    Technology is Cyclical... Prop-planes are the future of aerial warfare...

    February 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Patrick Lewis

    We think this is funny until a couple of them packed with C4 blow themselves up right next to a billion dollar aircraft carrier and sink it.

    February 12, 2013 at 9:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Yellowdog

      You might want to look up a little system called the Phalanx CIWS...

      February 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brumel

      Too bad Phalanx didn't help the destroyer damaged in the Gulf a couple years ago

      February 12, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ted

    These Khameni-kadzees along with speed boats plan to swarm our warships in the Gulf, but there won't be any worships there, just a stealth bomber called Enola Gay 2.0

    February 12, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Sack

    I swear I saw those on sale at Harbor Freight

    February 12, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Kimber

    Last week space monkeys. This week flying boats. MTV should make this a reality show and drop Buckwild.

    February 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Brumel

    Never underestimate your enemy.

    Sun Tzu

    February 12, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. biogreen2

    First a monkey into space, now little Ekranoplans. I guess it's 1960 in Iran. They'll invent go-go boots and mini-burkas any day now. We'll send James Bond in on a secret mission, and he will put a stop to their evil shennanigans.

    February 12, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Sad but hopeful

    it's all psychological warfare just like what US does to them. They are people just like you and want the same thing you do. No one wants war. Israel should be replaced by a new country that is representative of both muslims, christians and jews who are native to that land just like South Africa.

    February 12, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Heavyweight

    Super effective in the desert.

    February 12, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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