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 Iranâ€™s so-called stealth technology, saying the flying boat looked like something anyone could buy in kit form from mechanical magazine ads.
Behold: the best in rubber band propelled technology. We are in TROUBLE!!!
Sadly I think an undetected boat is ideal for placing a nuke bomb right in the middle of a naval battle ship group.
Radar-proof? thanks for the heads-up. Our radars are a little bit more sophisticted, I'm afraid.
Thank you, Iran, for putting some laughter in my day. Each time I picture a squadron of these things coming at me, I LMAO.
Please send me the kit instructions; I want to build one in my garage this winter.
I want one of those. Iraq, when can I take delivery?
imagine, ... or flying into nyc with a nuke.
Pa, Quick! Grab the shotgun! hehe
Asymmetrical use: could be stowed in holds of trawlers or small cargo ships, rapidly deployed, within visual of a tanker (<20mi), and deliver 20 kilos of Semtex within twenty minutes. Even if detected by satellites, would be difficult to intercept in that time period unless tankers have defensive systems (phalanx, etc.). They look silly but potentially a lot of bang for the buck; take out two or three tankers and the world markets would panic.
Oh man, these are hilarious. They look like sketches a 5-year-old would make. Well at least we can save our anti-air missiles, a world war II riffle can probably take these down.
These are only impressive to the censored and bewildered regional natives who know nothing more than what they are allowed to know.
kind of reminds me of that old joke. Why do ships in the Iranian navy have glass bottoms? So they can see the Iranian Airforce.
That's a good one, thank you.
Now you know they will fly these close to US ships ibn the region just like they used high speed boats in the past. I wionder what our Navy's response would be? " Mosquitos! At 12 o'clock high"!
Damn, It looks just like a Pterosaur!
Copying 250 million year old technology!