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.
"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 Iranâ€™s so-called stealth technology, saying the flying boat looked like something anyone could buy in kit form from mechanical magazine ads.
Flying Boat, meet the A10-A Warthog!!!!
Wow.A spitfire on pontoons.Good for you.
this combined with their radioshack drones makes them quite formidable
they do not listen to words. they listen to bullets.
The pilots or the planes?
wow, a sea plane, (sarcasm sarcasm)
anyone own an aviation history book this we had sea planes in wwII and before. with camera and with machine guns.
Cool....something else for us to shoot down !
they do not listen to words, they listen to bombs.
I never been afraid of Iran before...but when I do....I'll drink Dos Equis !!
"Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the few countries which managed to design, build and use flying boats in a short time," – Uhh, that's because the flying boat went out in the 1930s...
You laugh now but when these 'radar evading' flying boats are hurtling en mass towards a US Warship you will be crying. Do you people not realise that 19 hijackers with a little training, a lot of willpower, and a few stolen planes managed to kill thousands?
forgot to mention that they are now packed with explosives. This is actually very clever of Iran- they just got a lot of bang for their 'buck'
This is strange it looks as if this is a plane maybe 2 that were photo shopped in order to look as if it is an entire squad. good job Iran you built 2 sea planes and learned the power of photoshop all in one. Well, let's find out if they are really stealth or my F-15 can get a python missile up its' @$$.
With the sophisticated radar technology that someone pointed out earlier that can count the prop blades I seriously doubt that one of these planes would get close enough to do anything. If radar can pick up a submarine periscope I doubt that a plane like this would stand a chance.
Watch a video of the phalanx system. These planes aren't making contact with a warship :).
That was then. This is now.
In other news, the Iranian Student News is reporting that Snoopy has indeed agreed to pilot the new flying boats. A spokeswoman for the Peanuts gang has denied these reports.
Kill Them all Let God Sort Them out.
First the flying carpet and now this – flying boats! Iran sure has come a long way!
bomb them back to the stone age.
cut off thier money and oil. starve thier children.
Look a little closer to home for the reason you have no money. He's short, has Napoleonic Complex, a pathetic scraggly beard, and calls himself Mahmoud.