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. Hugh Jorgan

    You could shoot them down with a bb gun

    September 28, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ramin

    Let me think through this...Flying boat vs F-18? I wonder who is going to win this one?

    September 28, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Just Wonderin'

    "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

    Gee, did you ever stop to wonder why so few countries have bothered?

    September 28, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Charlie

    Holy Headscarfs , the Joker has stolen the Batplane

    September 28, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. garyl

    Looks like a great target. Why didn't the Iranians just paint it with red and white concentric circles?

    September 28, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sssimon

    Sometimes a lot of low tech weapons can beat a few high tech weapons. Iran has no shortage of suicide bombers. If a thousand of these attacked the US Gulf fleet all at once they might lose 90% of them but the remaining 100 could take out a couple of aircraft carriers. That would be a decisive Iranian victory: Dead – 1000 Iranians, 10,000 Americans. Losses: Maybe a hundred million to Iran, billions and billions to the US.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • stan turecki

      This is true. there wouldnt be enough time / rounds in the CWIS to engage 1000 targets if they arrived at the same time. This looks like a ground effect plane, and given it's small size if it is, it wouldnt fly but maybe 50 or 100 ft above the water – max.

      September 28, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dr Evil

    You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!

    September 28, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. scott day

    ha-ha, ha-ha, haaaaaaaa !!!! Finally, an aircraft that can be shot down with a Sheridan Bluestreak pellet gun or knocked out of flight with a good-size rock! It still amazes me that these Morons would actually make this public
    and not hide it, as they risk one of their own having a SlingShot with them while walking their dog and shooting these
    pathetic model planes down! Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mario

    This seems to be no flying-boat at all, but a kind of vehicle developed in Russia (respectively, the Soviet Union) decades ago, and called Ekranoplane. It uses the effect that a vehicle can take off from the water surface at high speed and travel at several hundred mph some feet above the water, even with power and aerodynamics that would not allow real flying. Giant sized versions of these craft were developed in Russia as fast military transport craft, but seemed to be cancelled after at least two major accidents.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. An Iranian

    Ha ha, you guys are ridiculous. It is so easy for Iranians to light up a fire up your “brave” American behinds. So funny reading your responses. Like you guys have nothing better to do but to get a heart attack from whatever Iran does. Pull yourselves together DUDES. You are embarrassing America with this Ape like chest beating responses.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Wonderin'

      Your jealousy over our superiority is DELICIOUS!!!

      September 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. renjikuchiki1

    people laughed at the first u.s. stealth planes.... but who's laughing now?
    and BTW people, Iran has an extremely capable military

    September 28, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JeffC

    omg what will the west do now? to take something this serious down we would need something huge like...a bolt action .22LR

    September 28, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    This just proves how ridiculous their technology is! I was busting up when I saw this on the news just now

    September 28, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bill

    Warthog practice targets!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      Warthogs chew up too much gas, not worth it... the Apache's are going to have fun with these though! HAHAHAHA! oh man, I just have to keep replying to these ridiculous posts (not yours) funny stuff...

      September 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 1940Design

    Stealth? What is stealthy about an aircraft that you can hear coming a mile away with more radar reflecting surfaces than a blimp? This is hardly a threat to any modern military force. I bet that a 600kt pass by any modern aircraft would turn that kit build into a ball of aluminum. Those are not even worth wasting 20mm cannon fire.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
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