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. TxNavy

    Hurray!!! We can finally put our 5 inch guns and CIWS units to good use. Maybe each crew will get an extra ice cream social for each one they can blow out of the water/sky.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wh4t

    I want one. But not if it is made in Iran.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jj

    'DEATH FROM ABOVE' – mostly, the pilot's death. And where is the machine gun? An AK sitting in the pilot's lap, next to the Sony Sureshot camera? I'm sure these 80mph tubs could do some damage. So could a troop of boy scouts and some matches.
    And did they know the rules? You can only build ONE plane from a set of Pop Mechanic blueprints.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • TxNavy

      LMAO!!! Priceless!! just priceless!!

      September 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob K


      September 29, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob K

      i posted b4 reading urs.. haha chek mine out down near bottom! lolz

      September 29, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    I guess if they get hungry they can always land and catch some sushi this should save America million's of dollars on drone's to target practice on .

    September 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Padhraig

    Soooooo... Iran is going James Bond Super Villain on us?!? LOL. (insert James Bond theme here). Is Goldfinger running the country now?

    September 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Davy Jones' Locker

    Seriously, this is preposterous. It doesn't take an aeronautical engineer to see this airframe has practically zero manueverability at speed; a mechanical engineer to see it has practically zero payload capacity, an airforce combat veteran to see it has practically zero protection for the pilot, or a Defense Departement analyst to see it poses zero threat to anything except apparently Iranian politcal dissidents and protesters at the beach.

    Just picture an Apache or Cobra coming after these thngs: Hammer and nails.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • D0n

      just take the cost of a single apache and divide it by the cost of one of these things and tell me an apache could hit them all before one of them reaches the aircraft carrier leaving the apache and all the other aircraft with no place to land...

      September 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donny

      @DOn, hint: You are NOT scaring us yet! You will have to try much harder!

      September 28, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • TxNavy

      Don. The Apache wouldn't have to stop them. An aircraft carrier is completely capable of holding its own. AA missiles, 4 CIWS units, etc....... Those things don't even have any advanced electronics so if somehow they are able to get past our defenses, their unguided ammunition would still have to be dropped perfectly and good luck with that since I'm pretty sure that the pilots flying that thing have no experience.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • D0n

      not trying to scare anybody.... just pointing out that a single cap from a .22 at the base of the skull will kill you just as surely as a full clip from an automatic assault rifle....
      these are ground effects craft, they will fly over Iranian mines at or below most radar and are painted blue to blend in with the sky at the horizon at sea level.... they will be hard to spot and do pose a threat... you forget the USS Cole? that was a little fishing boat....

      September 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • TxNavy

      Oh yeah, and what kind of ammunition do you expect those things to carry? No way they can carry something big enough to sink a carrier plus our Navy has the best damage control teams in the world.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • D0n

      Who was it that taught/supplied insurgents in Iraq and Trashcanistan to punch holes in US armor with IED'S?
      a little fishing boat punched a hole in the USS Cole....
      think of these as inexpensive, human guided, flying torpedoes and you'll see they are well though out....

      September 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      The problem here is that too many people are looking at this as the end product as opposed to a proof-of-concept. A ground-effect-vehicle can be used to move across the water quickly and under the radar screen. The Russians built a massive GEV that moved at 300 knots and carried six missile launchers. If the Iranians could build a single- or two-man GEV that had one launcher and moved at 150 knots...that could be problematic. They use the Sunburn ASM, which isn't anything to laugh at. These pics are funny, true...but I doubt they tell the whole story.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • D0n

      I'm with dave on this one... you have to picture the theatre of war where these are intended to be used.... look it up on a map and see what body of water Iran needs to control to cut off our oil, and then ask your self how effective our forces will be when it is blocked off with mines and anti sub mines and a couple squads of these things loaded with small missiles and ied's come at a carrier that can't maneuver without hitting a mine, and can't get enough aircraft in the sky to kill them all before they strike kamakazi style.... it would be worse than Pearl Harbor..

      September 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Deadbeat

    I'll bet next they invent the wheel, and then maybe fire too!

    September 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tom

    If that thing is stealth, so's my lawnmower.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexVet


      September 28, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. QC

    The only thing "radar evading" about this flying boat is that shortly after it takes flight in combat and then shot down it becomes radar evading as it sinks to the bottom of the ocean!

    September 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bumble

    There so...cute.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bergwax

    Was the boom attached to the theme park ride removed from the picture via photoshop?

    After seeing these images, I am convinced that any nuclear threat from a country constructing such machinery to be composed of the decayed Americium-241 found in smoke detectors.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. NavyGuy

    I think a simple mach 1 fly by should easily bring down one of these modern marvels.

    Iran used to have F14 fighters that we sold them years ago...and this is the best they could do on thier own? I guess they havent thought to much about reverse engineering.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sean

    when did Iran hire Q from James Bond and MI6?

    September 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MattSto

    Are these rentals in Wisconsin Dells?

    September 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Trickle

    Isreal is a joke, they occupy stolen land just as we do! Wat makes America Great? Their military is killing their own and sweeping it under a rug! Don't be so self-righteous! What about the drowns the U.S. made that were easily detected by the Talaban? By the way, I don't make fun of no ones religion, and yous is just as murderous as theirs!

    September 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • TxNavy

      I dare you to play hide and seek with our drones. Go ahead, make my day!

      September 28, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Uh, ok. You mean they realize there's a drone watching them when the HELLFIRE missile goes off and a bunch of Taliban pigs get blown to Allah? NO VIRGINS FOR YOU!

      September 28, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
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