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. Kyle

    Which begs the question: What massive body of water will they utilize this technology in? LOL Flying camels would have been better investments.

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

    Amazing........Israel must be scared stiff.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sagebrush Shorty

    Stole the plans from Popular Mechanics?

    September 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Supreme flying boat commander #1

    We rendevous with the refueling tanker at 0300.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jaynsc

    havent laughed this hard since this mornings posts from the guy who said he wanted "flamenon" for his last meal. Really, awesome job to all, this post was hilarious...

    September 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. hereigo

    of course they're invisible to radar they're made of legos

    September 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TexVet

    Hahaha WooHooo! These are so dang cute! I really would like to have one. What is that on top? Oh...it's a little prop!

    September 28, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Babak from LA

    Love America! Just please don't understimate the Iranians.........

    September 28, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubbababy

      Just what I was thinking, your are so right!

      September 29, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff

    Ummm. I want one.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. j

    THE SOPWITH CAMEL WILL TAKE THEM OUT ! SNOOPY FLYS AGAIN!

    September 28, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dave

    This looks like a proof-of-concept vehicle for a GEV, although a true GEV wouldn't fly in the air. But it's something to keep an eye on for the future. The Russians developed a missile boat GEV that could move at close to 300 knots and had six Sunburn launchers. If the Iranians could build a smaller version that used one or two launchers and moved at 150 knots, that would still cause massive headaches for US naval forces.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sagebrush Shorty

    The United States has constantly underestimated it's enemies. We may laugh at Iran just as we did with North Vietnam and we paid the price for our arrogance.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ed

    One of the first to produce flying boats?!?! bwahahahhaahaha....Dude, the airlines were using flying boats in the 1930s!

    September 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff

    COBRA!!!!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. seriously?

    USAF Pilot to carrier: "I can't get a lock on it, its....too slow...I keep flying by it"
    Carrier: "It's ok son, we'll have the landing crew just get it with a musket when it eventually gets here"

    September 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
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