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.

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"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. Laird

    What...?! Iran is claiming credit for inventing the ekranoplan? Typical. Once again, they're claiming responsibility for someone else's work.

    Those are just knock-off copies of existing aircraft that are commercially available right now. The Soviets created the ekranoplan something like sixty years ago, and actually had some that were someone combat-effective (Google the "Caspian Sea Monster"). These Iranian pip-squeaks are – at best – suitable as picket / sentry craft and *maybe* limited fisheries patrol.

    Color me contemptuous.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. gabagabago

    http://www.military.com/opinion/0,15202,95496,00.html

    in simulation 16 US Navy Ships sunk by speedboats and propeller aircraft in a wave attack.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Chris

    can anyone say kamikaze?

    September 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Steve Lindstedt

    I want one! Those would be great a the lake!

    September 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • D.H.

      Steve,

      there are several commercially avaiable WIG vehicles and kits. And yes they are great fun on lakes.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Steve

    Flying boats to shoot down flying fish! Radar evading large prop that chops up radar waves. Pathetic!

    September 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jeep or Die

    Whoa! Look out Western Civilization! Iran has developed the cutting-edge technology of flying boats!! We're DOOMED!!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. John

    I like it. It looks like a fun toy. I don't need a machine gun though.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Patrick A

    BUNCH of idiots making stupid comments,while our Country is practically Bankrupt.
    We are making Fun at others.
    keep listening to our Jewish propaganda making media.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ming the Mighty!!!!

      okay troller...right habib oh I mean Patrick A...do you think youre fooling anybody with your american names you use to push your cheesy propaganda???

      September 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mandrake Ripper A.K.A.

      Thats it Patrick A. this idiot's taking my flying boat plane and going home...

      September 28, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Phil

    Welcome to the 1930's.

    The funny thing about this is those planes fly so slow and put out such a small heat source, that it might actually be hard to shoot them down.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jamie

      I don't want to question your intelligence...but shooting this thing down would be pretty easy. All you need is a shoulder weapon or a handgun. Fiberglass will disintegrate when lead hits it. Doesn't even have to be high caliber.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ming the Mighty!!!!

    Dear United States....please be aware we have invented this thing we called..." A FRICKENNNN LASERRR" and we are going to attach it to "NEW SOPHISTICATED CROP DUSTERRR" ...seriously are we even debating this??? I love reading these comments I can't stop laughing that country is a joke...stick to what you do best and blow yourselves up...and throw rocks ....what a joke this country is. I'm more afraid of the Iron Sheik than President Ammanutjabbaaa......

    September 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Guest

    Flying boats in a nation that is primarily desert who would ever expect that.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. raihan khan

    MASTER! MASTER! ZEE PLANE! ZEE PLANE!

    September 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Todd

    Cnn forgot to mention that it also turns into a submarine that sinks to the bottom of the ocean when it gets shot down with civilian grade bottle rocket

    September 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. PJ

    The next thing Iran is going to do is "release the flying monkies"

    September 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. dontlookknow

    """THIS JUST IN"""" Iran retires its fleet of hotair balloons, upgrades to floating prop planes, nearly doubling the top speed of the former balloons!!! USA's Topgun squadron put on high alert!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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