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.
You could shoot them down with a bb gun
Let me think through this...Flying boat vs F-18? I wonder who is going to win this one?
"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?
Holy Headscarfs , the Joker has stolen the Batplane
Looks like a great target. Why didn't the Iranians just paint it with red and white concentric circles?
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.
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.
You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!
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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
Ha ha, you guys are ridiculous. It is so easy for Iranians to light up a fire up your â€śbraveâ€ť 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.
Your jealousy over our superiority is DELICIOUS!!!
people laughed at the first u.s. stealth planes.... but who's laughing now?
and BTW people, Iran has an extremely capable military
omg what will the west do now? to take something this serious down we would need something huge like...a bolt action .22LR
This just proves how ridiculous their technology is! I was busting up when I saw this on the news just now
Warthog practice targets!!!
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...
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.