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. John - NJ

    The new Kamikaze- one boat, one plane, one pilot....boom! You never know since these people believe in martyrdom.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mark

    @Chuck you said "These people are psycho. Women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to walk their dogs for fear of attracting young men."

    Let me explain to you how stupid and ignorant you are. THEY ARE A DIFFERENT CULTURE. Why can't you accept that? why must you be like "EVERYONE IN THE WORLD SHOULD BE EXACTLY LIKE US AND IF THEY ARE NOT THEN WE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO INVADE AND OCCUPY THEIR COUNTRY"

    What are you insane or something? Who are you calling the psycho's? America is the one invading and occupying countries based on total lies. America is the one responsible for the deaths of over 1 million Iraqi children. 1 MILLION! and you have the nerve to call the Iranian's psycho? They haven't invaded or attacked another nation in over 400 years (fact: the Iraqi's invaded THEM with the support of the US government).

    America has the highest rates of mental illness, the highest rates of crime, the highest rates of divorce, etc. Perhaps they are doing a good thing trying to protect their citizens from becoming fat, disgusting, ignorant racist idiots like yourself. WOW

    September 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sambo

      WRONG.........Mark ever hear of the Iran/Iraq war.....richard get it right!

      September 28, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PDXSerric

    Hmmm.... so they can travel on water, under surveillance radar, then take to the air for an aerial strike? Interesting. Not wholly practical, but interesting. What would be even more interesting is if they can develop a submersible aircraft carrier. Seal the flight deck and slip beneath the water, then resurface within a comfortable distance, lift the planes to the deck and let loose the dogs of war. By the time the naval response is even organized, the carrier slips back beneath the waves and waits.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Buck Turgidson

    Mr. President, we cannot allow a seaplane gap!!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Muhamad

    Now come on this is serious. If the Iranians build enough of these they could use up all the blue paint available. This is a serious threat. Not sure if a F-16 or F-22 could engage a target as slow moving as this. Thats it, The Iranians are deploying the turtle and rabbit philosophy. We are flying so fast that we will never see them, Iran's version of a stealth fighter. I told you those Iranians were smart. This is a major set back for the US.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hagbard Celine

      lol yeah we'd have to use.. oh.. rocks or something.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Korb Lalak

    Where is the messenger pigeon?

    September 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. michael

    at some point iran will likely learn they are about 30 minutes of a match militarily, and at 45 minutes they will be running to their caves

    September 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Don

    That's too funny! Wow, a plane that can land on water! Better go to DEFCON1!

    September 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mark

    @Chuck you said "These people are psycho. Women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to walk their dogs for fear of attracting young men."

    Let me explain to you how stupid and ignorant you are. THEY ARE A DIFFERENT CULTURE. Why can't you accept that? why must you be like "EVERYONE IN THE WORLD SHOULD BE EXACTLY LIKE US AND IF THEY ARE NOT THEN WE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO INVADE AND OCCUPY THEIR COUNTRY"

    What are you insane or something? Who are you calling the psycho's? America is the one invading and occupying countries based on total lies. America is the one responsible for the deaths of over 1 million Iraqi children. 1 MILLION! and you have the nerve to call the Iranian's psycho? They haven't invaded or attacked another nation in over 400 years (fact: the Iraqi's invaded THEM with the support of the US government).

    America has the highest rates of mental illness, the highest rates of crime, the highest rates of divorce, etc. Perhaps they are doing a good thing trying to protect their citizens from becoming fat, disgusting, ignorant racist idiots like yourself.

    @Chuck you said "These people are psycho. Women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to walk their dogs for fear of attracting young men."

    Let me explain to you how stupid and ignorant you are. THEY ARE A DIFFERENT CULTURE. Why can't you accept that? why must you be like "EVERYONE IN THE WORLD SHOULD BE EXACTLY LIKE US AND IF THEY ARE NOT THEN WE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO INVADE AND OCCUPY THEIR COUNTRY"

    What are you insane or something? Who are you calling the psycho's? America is the one invading and occupying countries based on total lies. America is the one responsible for the deaths of over 1 million Iraqi children. 1 MILLION! and you have the nerve to call the Iranian's psycho? They haven't invaded or attacked another nation in over 400 years (fact: the Iraqi's invaded THEM with the support of the US government).

    America has the highest rates of mental illness, the highest rates of crime, the highest rates of divorce, etc. Perhaps they are doing a good thing trying to protect their citizens from becoming fat, disgusting, ignorant racist idiots like yourself.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sambo

      And the award goes to..................

      Mark for being a richard and taking the written word to serious!

      September 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hagbard Celine

    I hear that the Bavar 3 has a fish finder attached so they can locate submarines.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mohamed Alli

    What are these idiots think of? These toys would prove no match for a first world armed force! Whart a joke!!!!!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Korb Lalak

    Where is the Yankee Doodle Pigeon?

    September 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Just saying...

    I am Iranian. I must say that most of the comments I read here are ignorant. To begin with let's establish one fact: I care as much for the Islamic establishment in Iran as a cow would care for a steak dinner. That said, I can not ignore the fact that most of the comments here are only written to make your selves feel good about the US military power. There is no question whether the US can defeat Iran in a military confrontation. The question is whether Iran, or any other country for that matter, has the right to defend herself? They do, just as much as the US has the right to build it's military and protect it's interests. The interests Iran is trying to protect is Iran, not another country which can supply it's energy needs.

    I wonder which is more detrimental to US interests, Iran building a flying boat or Israel building on Arab land? One is of no concern to the US military, the other is giving reason to terrorists to do their dirty deed, hence a huge concern to the US military personnel in the area.

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

      https://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/09/28/iran-unveils-squadrons-of-flying-boats

      September 28, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sambo

      Well then why dont the bordering Muslim countries give some land to the palistines?

      September 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just saying...

      Sambo, that would only reward the Israelis, giving them more reason to keep building on stolen land.

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

      Stolen land, I think it was the USA who rescued you (all) from the German occupation.....spoils of war live with it!

      September 28, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just saying...

      ... and how did the Palestinians hurt the European Jews in WWII? Why should the Palestinians pay the price of European hate for the European Jews?

      September 28, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tonmaimas

      Stolen land? Try land lost by Jordan, Syria, and Egypt after they invaded Isreal. None of those Arab countries thought the West Bank, the Golan Heights, or Gaza was part of Palestinians BEFORE they lost it. It was Jordanian, Syrian, and Egyptian land then but now everyone claims it is Palestine.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LOL WUT FAIL

    TALESPIN

    September 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LOL

    They are very creative and built a nice flying boat. They are challenge with USA high school kids in the science project team.
    Does anyone believe that they are creativeness ideas is better than our USA high school kids in the science project team?

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