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. Spearwielder

    Impressive...only I'm pretty sure I can get one of those for $99 at the local hobby shop.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim

    Are they going to be selling these through a US dealer? I want one.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dexter

    Why do I keep thinking chitty chitty bang bang???

    September 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LOL

    LOL Its a bird its a plane no its a flying boat with machine guns! I want one 😀

    September 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JD

    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...

    September 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Supreme flying boat commander #1

    Abdul, I think I swallowed a bug. Radio silence Mookta, we are in stealth mode

    September 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Biznacho

    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!"

    September 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. henry

    i thought nobody uses that kind of airplane since wold war 2.....

    September 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Caleb

    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.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JC

    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’s nice to see that Iran has kept up with world advancements in aviation, stealth design, propulsion, and weaponry – 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 “flying goose”! Boy, I’d 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 “ducky boats” here in the States – I’m sure we would have a few takers. If nothing else – they’d be good target practice for our drones!

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

    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?

    September 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alex

    getting my wakeboard and parachute ready right now...

    September 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Darren

    hahahahah stealthy

    September 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jimmy

    Is that a Briggs&Straton motor on top of that thing?

    September 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chris

    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.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
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