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. Steve

    Dick Cheney + shotgun = solution to new Iranian weapon system

    September 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. WG

    I wonder if that weed wacker engine can be refueled mid-air or you need to splash back down.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rich

    I'm sure most of you dont have degree's in Foreign Policy. So what makes you experts? Right Wing patriots and Left leaning Tree huggers......get a clue

    September 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gary

    Maybe We will see one at Oshkosh by Gosh next year. Looks like an Ultralight to Me. Do You think they have a good shoulder strap for their AK47 "Machine Gun" to keep it from falling out of the Plane and hitting someone on the head!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Van

    These planes are stealthy...bc people would simply choose to ignore it.
    It looks to be quite loud and slow as well. Wouldn't be surprised if every surveillance mission turned into a failure.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TxNavy

    Reading all these comments is the best thing I could have done while eating my lunch!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Eric A.

    What a JOKE...I built something like that in 6th grade, made out of paper, rubber bands and a little motor from my lego set. HA HA HA...

    September 28, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Muhamad

    The next big advancement will be stilts on the battlefield. Then the giant Iranians can scare us off the battlefield.
    I think you are underestimating the Iranian resolve. These are very smart people.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Eric A.

    what's the top speed on those things? I bet I can hit those with my paint ball gun... HA HA HA HA

    September 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LOL WUT

    TALESPIN!

    September 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LOLlol

    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 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CaptainAmerica

    They look like thy blow up real nice.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Eric A.

    those flying paper mache boats versus my super elastic rubber band gun...I WIN

    September 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike

    hahaha wow... are we in WWII now? oooo wow a machine gun, wooptie doo...

    thats just money wasted... what purpose does this serve.... this is funny.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. IRANIAN COMMANDER

    All countrys shall fear us now. We combined our navy and airforce.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      oh no you didn't! *snaps fingers

      September 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sambo

      Oh yes he did...child please!

      September 28, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
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