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. Charles

    I expect to see Indiana Jones swimming out to one being chased by tribesmen in the 1930's. I mean, machine guns? What are they gonna do, get in a dogfight with an F-22?

    September 28, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • BIg Dave

      They would never even see the F-22. They would have a missle lock on them well before they came into visual range.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jopus

    wow that things scary. a machine gun and propeller – must be very fast.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. JeffBeck

    ps I think i could take that thing down with a box of bottle rockets.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Cassandra

      I think I could take it out with a box of cereal.

      September 28, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bigdog

    I love the propeller on the back! Top speed = 55 mph. Easy target to take down.
    Can't belive anyone would brag about that anchor.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. Old Vet

    Never underestimate the enemy, you younger generation would be amazed what the North Viennese solders could do with little, inferior, or next to nothing equipment / materials during the Vietnam War.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • tarzan

      The american gov. didn't let you guys fight , you were walking around waiting to be shot at. And it seems we haven't learned our lesson.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Texas Pete

      Yeah Viennese people just waltz around.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. geoff

    i hope there take off and landing area is right over the top of a USA nuclear submarine.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Georgn

    Why are we not attacking iran we get some pics about boats and not worried about bombs. Bush is the real american obama is a scared little dog who wont do anything until we get hit. Bring bush back our freedom is under attack

    September 28, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Bro, are you concerned that somehow one of these radar-evading flying boats will bomb us? What WON'T make you panic?

      September 28, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Reg

      Get real, Georgn. Good old GWB included Iran in his "Axis of Evil" speech way back in 2002. And what exactly did he do about it between 2002 and 2008?

      September 28, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. Charles

    Are these available at Wal-Mart?

    September 28, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. TuTone

    so Iran is ready for the first world war, way to catch up guys lol, haha and they think they are a superpower

    September 28, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. moderatepar

    well well well iran.. welcome to the early 1900's when the first airline was created from tampa to st petersburg using fliying boats.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. M

    Those look pretty cool... I wouldn't mind having one to take out to the lake... just no where to put the bikini clad ladies... then again, it is Iran.. they don't have bikini clad ladies... Let's just send in a squadron of drones to knock'em out of the sky, or sink em... ok now I am confused... If a drone commander shoots one down, does it count as an air force kill or a naval sinking?

    September 28, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • helion

      That's actually a very valid question... I wonder how they would classify that. You'd think it would depend on the state of the air/water craft at the time of destruction.

      Also, what would a F-18 pilot draw on his fuselage if he shot one down? I got my money on a Rubber Ducky with wings spread out.

      September 28, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Waddap

    Wow. We don't even need to shoot these down. Just put sanctions on rubber bands and AAA batteries and Iran won't be able to afford to make them. They have got to be kidding with these things.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • tcaros

      The Tea Baggers are getting scared now that we are not taking action to stop the Iranians. Look, they're building flying boats! Fox News will have this under "BREAKING NEWS" and all the childish Tea Baggers will rush to get their paranaoi going!

      Glenn Beck is crying....

      September 28, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • lol

      well the reason they can afford the bad a%# boats is because they saved a bundle by swiching to geiko! lololol

      September 28, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jason

    Yeah that does seem to be a modified Lake Amphibian. So basically the Iranians are all excited about their souped up decade old technology with a nice new paint job. Seriously, can I go back to sleep now?

    September 28, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bill

    what's next, streamlined trains? rumble seats?

    those things have the cross section of Buick.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. Biff NyC

    who cares about evading could HEAR that thing coming a mile away.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
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