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. phearis

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And propeller driven no less. That's pretty intimidating.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Run, Toto, Run!!

    Take a good look at this squadron of Iranian "flying boats." Then watch The Wizard of Oz and look closely at the Wicked Witch's army of flying monkeys. The resemblance is amazing! Even the colors are the same!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Alex A


    September 28, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kevin

    "This just in....North Korea now has frickin' sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their frickin' heads"

    September 28, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mc

    Snoopy used to fly one of those... like 75 years ago.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. john

    lol....John Denver made planes like far the funniest thing I have ever seen....

    September 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tim

    this is just too much.....these Iranian inventors should watch old films of the Nazi war inventions and realize the similarities..........

    September 28, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ohyeah

    Guys lets educate about Islamic threat here.


    September 28, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Semper Fi don't hide

    Looks like Iran succeeded in getting the Top Secret Plans from the ACME co. Wyle E. Coyote is pretty upset.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. David Pawlowski

    It is a shame that most folks miss a very important point. The USS Stark on patrol in the Gulf was nearly destroyed by two Exocet missiles launched by one of Saddam's pilots. The Russians and the Chinese have made no secret that they are developing the old Lippisch Wing in Ground Effect for military and civilian use. Given the US history of underestimated asymmetric warfare threats it will probably miss the ability of the Iranians to adapt an Exocet to this small version of the Australian/Chinese Sea Eagle for rapid and cost effective sea patrol. Instead of a patrol boat you know have a low radar profile composite aircraft moving at wave top heights and probably carrying something like the Exocet, only home grown. Think about it folks, its cheap and its fast and all it needs is some 23 year old martyr to "fly" it.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. randy

    I gotta have one!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jay

    The Iranians are emboldened by the very nature of their nuclear threat. Those posting here proudly proclaim that they held pat against the Iraqis for 8 yrs. by human wave alone. You lost over a million men uselessly because unfortunately, neither Iran nor Iraq possessed any real tactical or battlefield experience past point and shoot. Like so many countries that buy their military instead of developing it, your a customer, and an ignorant one at that. Throwing yourselves at the known incompetence of the Iraqi army with nothing but your business in your hands was a foolish move, great Myrtyr stuff to be sure, but militarily, a complete cluster.

    My only hope for you is that in reality you have developed some sense of military knowledge and battlefield competence, because if you haven't, unfortunately you will get rolled over by those that mean you harm. Perhaps opening your nuclear facilities to the world would be a good thing to get the world off your back, but I secretly think you love it, the repression, the world condemnation, it's a source of continued pride and platform for your leaders, Unforurtunately like so much history, the people are the ones that end up suffering the end game.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tony

    I like the comment above about "Snoopy" is going to pilot the new boat-plane, but that the Peanuts Gang spokesperson denies it...hahaa!!

    This is the BEST that Ahmedinejad can do?! BWWAAAHHAHAHAA!!! Maybe they can just "throw stones" like the Palestinians...but what did you expect from a SEMI-LITERATE, PEASANT farmer like Ahmedinejad? He was "appointed" by the "supreme leader," NOT ELECTED by the VERY-LITERATE and VERY EDUCATED Iranian public.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mike

    Wow!!! Finally that ad in the back of Popular Mechanics sold the schematics to build a flying boat!!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SoWhat?

    "Radar avoiding"? Maybe so, but being prop driven – they can't snealk up on anyone. Kinda like waiting for the ducks to fly by. Easy target shooting.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
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