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. Paul Willson

    Look like they would be good targets for any opposition. Low slow maybe stealthy

    September 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sarah

    I think they look like they would be fun to drive. I'll take one without the machine gun, please!

    September 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Alex

    on another note, Flash Gordon and the Hawkmen will be making an appearance at the Circle K on 121st later this morning...

    September 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Andy

    Wing in ground effect machines... They fly in the radar clutter...and won't get picked up by hydrophones. Anti-ship missiles are fine...but these could easily be used in kamikaze attacks (which is an increasingly common practice in that part of the world). It just makes the point...that you don't need an ICBM and a nuke warhead to be dangerous. A camel or a WIG ship will do just fine. You could fly one of these from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay to Baltimore, Annapolis, or DC and cause a world of hurt in a hurry. You would not see it coming until it was too late. It gets worse if they were to fire missiles from it. (Granted...the Russian versions are absolutely amazing and beyond what you see in these Iranian pics).
    Look up Ekranoplan like others have suggested…and check out the WIG Page.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anon

    I'll never take Iran seriously. I can shoot that down with my FN 5.7

    September 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. plaintruth

    LOL! Bring on the mighty six fleet! Iran's 'Navy' is ready! Hopefully it is not going to rain since it could sink these FLYING MIGHTY BOATS! You see, you guys must understand something about the Iranian mentality- The Iranian governement steals Billions of Dollars from the treasury. Then they come up with ingenius flying boats made out of wood from North Korea, and then they tell the people your tax Dollars at work! Iran armforces can be defeated in 48 hours. That is why the west has not attacked so far. The Weak eventually becomes weakers and then weakest....

    September 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Airshow?

    How are they going to land these things if they are in the middle of a desert?

    September 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mjd

    I just saw one of those in the new Hammacher Schlemmer Holiday catalogue.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dohn Joe

      It's also gonna be Nieman Marcus's top pick for a Xmas gift.

      September 28, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bryan Duggan

    Looks like Tehran finallygot their copy of the April 1992 copy of Popular Science.... let's hope the Stealth plane issue gets lost in the mail.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MattSto

    These look like an amusement park in Wisconsin Dells....

    September 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. D0n

    let's see cheap. Disposable... off the water....
    flying at the surface would make them hard to spot with radar... impervious to floating mines....

    if Iran wanted to mine the oil shipping routes, load these up with suicide bombers and old tech torpoedos...

    they would pose one hell of a threat to our oils supplies and aircraft carriers...

    September 28, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donny

      Bro! Let's keep our powder dry for a moment. Are you seriously trying to sell these floating chainsaws as heavy ordanance delivery systems? Mine harbors? Ships do that. Just take a quick look at that Briggs and Stratton prop-driver on these crates. Do you think they can manage a payload at all? Hilarious!

      September 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. oliver

    maybe you can shoot them down with radar

    September 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Veganistic

    Another failed Redbull Flutag entry

    September 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Phll

    I would write something intelligent but I can't stop laughing long enough to think of something witty.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rob

    My kid made better looking stuff in the cub scouts...Stealthy my A$$, with a propeller mounted up on that little tripod thing... yeah, right... that things is going to show up like a 747 on radar..... morons....

    September 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
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