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. LouAz

    Looks like a new and improved suicide vest.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. B

    Wait, one more laugh... it should be called the "BAZAR" WWWAAAAAHHHAHAHAHAHAHHA!!!! Oh I can't stop.... the madness...LOL!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. My

    Body is Ready

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

    I think things like that were phased out after WW I but that does look like good fun for a warm summer day on the lake.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • idecomp

      Iranian MWR

      September 28, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Andrew

    No issue... with its exposed prop they will have a huge radar cross section to any radar and wouldn't be able to come within fifty miles of any ship with its surveillance radar operational. Why is this news?

    September 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frederick Le Murre

      Because there will be 300 coming at once. Modern naval airdefense is based around shooting down a couple high cost supersonic attack aircraft or missles. Most Destroyers and Frigates have only one or two close in automated gun or short range missle systems that will run out of ammo shooting the first 100 down. Swarming attacks by low-tech units can be pretty effective against high tech systems.

      September 28, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Adam

    In large numbers and the short distance of the strait of hormuz, these puppies will be effective, not jet engines with high heat signatures and they can fly in low well below radar. Simple but the argentinians flew in real low in there fighter jets skimming the ocean so they could avoid british radar detection and it worked, they managed to sink a big warship with this strategy, once the CIWS kicks in they can move onto the water.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      It's called a helicopter; people love trying to re-invent the wheel don't they?

      September 28, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frederick Le Murre

      You got that right. Heck they'll run out of CIWS ammo shooting down the first 100 of these. And they'll keep coming. Modern Navies aren't prepared for old WWII style attacks by mass aircraft.

      September 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Iranian Merchant

    What these Americans don't realize is we are getting all these Roll Royce Engines and GE engines into our country in spite of their "Sanctions" Ha Ha Ha America!

    September 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. idecomp

    I see that technology has taken a mighty leap in Iran...in which direction though, I don't know?

    September 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GT66

    I've got a tip for the Iranian military: Balsa wood – it's the airplane material of the future.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hoss

    i don't know if their is anything else funny to say that hasn't already been said. silly arabs

    September 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Frederick Le Murre

    Huh. These are Lippisch Reverse-Delta Wing in Ground Effect vehicles. the German aerodynamacist Alexander Lippisch created this design in the late 1950s, working with funding from Mariner motors. The Russians also independently arrived at the similar design and produced a number of similar small types.

    By themselves these are not much of an issue, but you could build two or three hundred of them for the cost of one of our jet fighters, and do swarm-kamikaze style attacks against larger Naval vessles. Yeah, the first 150 will be shot down, but then the remaining 150 will get through, when all of the limited amount of C-RAM missles and CIWS ammunition is expended, and they're too close for the SM-*s, and the only thing left shooting at them is a few .50s and 25mm deck guns.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hoss

    i don't know if their is anything else funny to say that hasn't already been said.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Petera

    Numb-skulls. They might look like a joke, just remember Nippon invaded most if not all Asia. "ON BIKES". So if I were Armed Forces Top Brass, I would seriously take this as a serious threat! Rem: They are working on "Passive Nuke Power"!!!!!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • D.H.

      Absolutely correct.

      September 28, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chris Taylor

    I tell you what, i'm going to run around in circles in fear and insight violence over this tiny penis party, OMG what is the world coming to.

    I do have to admit as speed boats these things can probably run circle around PT boats, hopping over them and what not, But then again all you need is a stick and the Pilate goes flying. Good thing they are wearing a flotation device they are going to need it.

    Oh wait back to freaking out,... HOW DARE THEY... WE SHOULD TAKE ACTION... EVER BODY GET YOUR RAKES AND TORCHES.

    This is the reason no one takes Iran seriously. Their government is like that little kid in middle school that punches you and runs to the teacher. no one is scared of your tiny flying penis....OR YOUR EGO.

    Now AMERICAN CORPORATIONS they scare the hell out of me.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cn

    Icon A5 amphibious plane is way cooler than this BS Iranian pontoon with a prop.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
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