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 Iran‚Äôs so-called stealth technology, saying the flying boat looked like something anyone could buy in kit form from mechanical magazine ads.
Impressive...only I'm pretty sure I can get one of those for $99 at the local hobby shop.
Are they going to be selling these through a US dealer? I want one.
Why do I keep thinking chitty chitty bang bang???
LOL Its a bird its a plane no its a flying boat with machine guns! I want one ūüėÄ
What happens when the Stuxnet worm shuts down all of their nuclear centrifuges, and oil & gas pipelines? Then we'll feel the wrath of their machine gun-toting flying stealth boats. The US is a paper tiger and is doomed to suffer defeat at the hands of these unbeatable Persian cat fluffers. I am curled-up in fear as I type this...
Abdul, I think I swallowed a bug. Radio silence Mookta, we are in stealth mode
Bwahahaha!!! I love this article because 1) it's reported seriously by CNN, and 2) I'm crying over the comments everyone is leaving. Made my whole day. I can't wait for video footage. I'm also wondering what goes through the pilot's minds as they take off and land... "OOOOHHHH CRAAAAAP!"
i thought nobody uses that kind of airplane since wold war 2.....
defense against this- rednecks with shotguns. seriously those things are a joke and just to say they can invent their own weopans. i hope the U.N. dosnt try to sanction them cause these quote "deadly weopans that a pistol could take out the sky.
Comm-on! Is this really the best that the mighty Iranian government can do? I guess this is the best they could do to replace their aging F-14A Tomcats that have been sidelined since they deposed the Shah back in 1979. It‚Äôs nice to see that Iran has kept up with world advancements in aviation, stealth design, propulsion, and weaponry ‚Äď yes sirree!
Hmmm – after closer inspection of the photograph it looks like their might be a patent infringement lawsuit here on the hull design of their flying boat. Looks awful familiar to the Howard Hughes 1947 ‚Äúflying goose‚ÄĚ! Boy, I‚Äôd sue if I were the Hughes Corporation! I bet if they put wheels on this thing it might be a candidate to replace our aging ‚Äúducky boats‚ÄĚ here in the States ‚Äď I‚Äôm sure we would have a few takers. If nothing else ‚Äď they‚Äôd be good target practice for our drones!
I wonder what the real purpose of these is.
My grandfather flew pontoon boats across the pacific in the 20s – so obviously there is nothing ground breaking here.
There has to be another reason for releasing this as news. What gives?
getting my wakeboard and parachute ready right now...
Is that a Briggs&Straton motor on top of that thing?
I guess when you're facing sanctions so tough that you can't buy more than a lawnmower engine, this is what you end up with. It doesn't even have a closed canopy. Any actual military engagement would be over before it began.