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’s so-called stealth technology, saying the flying boat looked like something anyone could buy in kit form from mechanical magazine ads.
The 1930s called, they want their cutting edge technology back.
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Finally! One of those Popular Science inventions is realized!
WIN!!! You get +25 Internets for that one! XD
I believe it's time we allow isreal to bomb these people. the iran people are not the problem & they want to get rid of their terrible government,yet something must be done. maybe we can help the iranian people with money & arms to wage a revolution.
I believe its time for you to take your meds..
[points to disgraced officer Olliver North and the Iran-Contra affair of the 1980's]
Been there, done that, Thank you Reagan... NEXT
oh thats brilliant. give guns to a bunch of students so they can take on the iran army .... best ida evar and YOU can log onto your video game and help them!!! they will be on the stupid team.
Tim, the whole Iran-Contra thing was that the US piped weapons and spare parts to Iran through Israel. It wasn't about blowing the Iranians up.
But no rational person should be thinking about preemptively invading Iran. My guess is if we ever leave them alone for a few years, we can let their extremist government self-destruct and see what the Iranian people themselves raise up out of the ruins.
HAhahahaah!! "Radar-evading"! HAhahaha! That 's priceless! Thanks Iran for a good laugh this morning!
Balsa wood doesn't have much of a radar signature.
These would be great at Sarah Palin's Greater Alaska Amusement Park. You Betcha!
Hahahahahahahahahaha! Loved that one. Great comment.
A boat...That flies? I can't imagine that it would be a very good boat, or a very good plane. I think the only terror they'll unleash with this contraption will be on the local wildlife...
or the pilot. 🙂
Ha! What a joke!! This guy is seriously like Dr. Evil! Oooooh......look out for that machine gun!!
Where's the pedals and lasers!
Right! Next, it will be Iranian sharks with friggen' lasers on their heads! Seriously though, a machine gun? This ridiculous thing would need to be well within visual range just to use that! What a joke!
Maybe their whole plan for releasing these to the media is to distract us from the mega-mondo war bird they *really* have.
*Laughs her butt off*
Sorry...couldn't help myself.
Um, nice WWII technology! Are they going to migrate them right into the museum or conduct a middle east "barnstorming" tour?
What's next, a kite with a bb gun and a remote control?? They are a bunch of morons..
I can picture Cobra Commander and Destro attacking G.I. Joe with these in 1982.
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More like Adam West and Burt Ward.
I'll bet they could sell a boatload (har har!) of those at Oshkosh or Sun-n-Fun!
Looks like something a sixth grader made for a science fair project, I've seen more impressive designs at the Red Bull flugtag events.
LOL! Best comment of the day.
Possibly you need to have been to a Red Bull Flugtag to get it...
That thing looks like it's held together by duct tape. what a f*%king joke. hahahaha
This just in, Iran experimenting with helium filled balloons and have also just discovered fire.
Where's the pedals!
We have a bogey down there, Mav! No wait, that's an Iranian kite with a bb gun, let's go home.