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 Iran’s so-called stealth technology, saying the flying boat looked like something anyone could buy in kit form from mechanical magazine ads.
this would actually make a good south-park episode,,, i can see it now... the residents of south-park freaking out over tiny flying penis boats
I think they published the plywood plans for this in a 1960-70 Mechanics Illustrated. Archers, arrows away...
If this is the Bavar 2 what was the Bavar 1? A dude in a wet suit with a bb gun, cardboard wings and a box fan.
Maaaaan, I would love to see what our warthogs could do to those new toys of "I'm a nut job"
Those flying boats are pretty nifty. Too bad Iran is in the midde of the f-ing desert. FAIL.
You need to learn some geography
Like those boats/planes are going to be affective in a combat zone!!!!! Waste of time an money if you ask me....I'm sure they will find that out one day!!
Our F-16s are doomed.
In Alaska they are referred to as float planes.
Float planes are completely different vehicles. These are WIG vehicles, not float planes.
A radar evading flying machine with a big whirling prop? I dont think so. And theyre Wing In Ground effect craft (WIG's), not 'flying boats'. Flying boats are completely different.
My 7 year old son has one of those. He got it at the Radio Controlled Hobby Shop. LOL
In the 70's the military called these things brother-in-law circuits. The only reason they exist is to keep the wife's brother employed to prevent him from moving into your house.
CWIS would blow 'em out of the sky.
The photo of the flying Beaver has clearly been edited with Photoshop. The photo of the Beavers in the water is nothing but small scale child's toys photographed with a tilt/shift lens.
Iranian party boats