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. brad

    Are you kidding me?.... I've never seen anything so pointles. They would be blasted out of the water in a matter of seconds. The aerodynamics of such a craft would make it extremely slow in water, and air. I would LOVE to see Iran take these death traps to war. It would be like shooting fish in a barrel ...(almost literaly)

    September 28, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Free IRAN

    wow i read nothing but negative somments..."ignorant".
    Iran is a country with a 2500 years of culture and civilization, so next time you want to talk about a nation as a joke make sure you know your history. we are being ruled by wrong people. most of the people who live in iran are not even supporting these can talk about the government of iran but dont ever talk about the nation. you dont know what they are going through overthere. so take all your jokes and laughs to your president who let iranian president come to this country and have interviews over and over and over. if you put a sanction on a country that means you dont want to have nothing to do with that country so why in 666 would you keep invite the president of iran to USA ?

    September 28, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baphomet

      What? The principles of Western Democracy predate any Persian dynasty, in fact our governmental principles are a direct descendant the Middle East by way of Greece. So we are in fact the inheritors, or freedoms and power is an obvious proof. Also, we invited the Bozo here in order for our people to understand their madness, understand their ideology in all its weaknesses, and let them know we are not afraid of open dialogue. Iran was once an ally and if their people had democracy they would be again.

      September 28, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Semper Fi don't hide

    Really?! LOL I just fell off my chair laughing. Man I needed a good laugh today! LOLThis is the best Iran could come with? OMG give them the plutonium and watch them blow themselves up trying to use it and destroy their country for 10,000 years. LOL

    September 28, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike McNicholas


    More American Government propaganda used to instill fear!

    We did NOT land on the moon......and this 'FLYING BOAT" was actually photographed at a redneck flying club. It was a contest for the County Fair!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. hunter scott

    Those maleficent men and their flying machines. Bleriot would be proud,,,maybe this could be the Bleriot XIII

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

    What exactly is the advantage? Wouldn't you have to fly low above the water to stay under radar? At that point, why not just stay on the water? The only thing I can see is that it may allow you to fly into a port city...but any real city wouldn't allow you to just fly that thing in.

    Call me crazy, but I wouldn't want to be flying that when a "real" fighter jet shows up.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Capt. Zeb

    Alright, Now our pilots can do some skeet shooting. How many can we take down in one pass! High speed fly-by with a hornet would snap it in half.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. larry

    these boats, planes? are rader evading of course, since they crash about 100' feet after takeoff

    September 28, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bill K

    This plane would be great for those weekend trips to the Fl. Keys!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Iranian Air Jockey

    I make mine to sound like Aficanized bees – everybody run away at the sound of my approaching death machine.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Outdoorsman

    Man, I gotta get one of them. Can you put a trolling motor on it too? What an awesome fishing machine...

    September 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Marc Irvin

    I think the comments I've read here are not from Naval warfare experts. Any navy is vulnerable to attack by anything moving at speed and with high enough numbers. The threat is compounded if the bogies can deliver in volume ordnance that can swim or fly. I could be wrong, but I do not think our Naval officers find weapon carrying sea skimming planes to be a joke. Especially, since if my memory serves correctly, Iran may have super sonic torpedo tech.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TechWriter

    This was a great idea in the 1930s. The air force of yesterday.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CD

    Yeah, Disney World already has those, they're in Fantasy Land. You can ride them all day with your kids for only $83 bucks a day; right next to the Tea Cups. Top notch Iranian technology at work 40 years too late though.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Impossibly_Awesome

    Look at the RIDICULOUS things! HAHA. This is almost as funny as that big green WW2 looking unmanned "drone" they unveiled a few weeks ago. Hahahah. Keep em coming Iran!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
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