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. James F W

    I bet these would be great for fishing!!!! Instead of using a fishing can just shoot the fish with the machine guns that are equip on the craft!

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

    Their infantry is equipped with "Red Ryder carbine-action, two hundred shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and a thing which tells time"

    September 28, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. W.N. Sanabria

    Can you buy one on Ebay?

    September 28, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CD

    The Iranians also plan to deploy battalion upon battalion of Sea Monkeys in addition to these planes of mass destruction. It's the end of the world.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Shaun

    All joking aside, this IS kind of cool.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Semper Fi don't hide

    Does Iran know we explore the Universe for fun. We went from Horses and Wagons to the moon in 200 years. In 2500 years Iran came up with this. Really?!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lstro

    Bavar 1 to Bavar 2 come in, over. This is Bavar 2, over. Any sign of that Aircraft Carrier yet, over? No, I don't think we got enough speed to catch up with it. How many knots can those big things travel and by the way, are we going to have enough fuel to get back?, over. Bavar 1, I was just wondering about that myself. Oh shiiiiiiiiit.......

    September 28, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mark

    A flying boat is as useful as a floating plane.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob U

    These things look like modified wave runners. In fact, I think I saw a few of them on the delta with a bunch of squealing teenagers hanging on for deal life.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Juan Jimenez

    This is something you can buy as a cheap model boat on TV that can also fly. I always thought the concept could be scaled up. Frankly, this is an impressive accomplishment. As to being stealthy, it should come as no surprise to people familiar with how radar works that if these vehicles fly below 50 ft they will in fact be invisible to most radar, but not to all detection technologies. The Phalanx will shred these before they can get close to a ship. However, Iranians are a lot of things, but not stupid. This is aimed at small ships like the ones the Israelis operate.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. VeeZee

    Relax, peeps. They are only getting ready for the next 2011 Seafair in Seattle!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      I love Seafair! I go every year. I can't wait to see these guys upstage "The Blues".

      September 28, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Frank

    Wow! Those things would be cool as hell if the year was 1940. Goes to show you that it doesn't matter what the government, they all find ways to destroy wealth by wasting money on useless crap.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bullet

    someone must have sold them an old Popular Mechanics

    September 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ChumBucket

    As a tea party member, I thought I'd chime in.


    I can't stop laughing long enough to take this seriously.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gary

    Simple Ekranoplanes, they've been around for years. Russia used them for cargo hauling, they had some really big ones. The engine and prop, exposed as they are, would make absolutely wonderful radar returns for surface search radar. Use a CIWS to take them out before they can get to close.
    The twelve ekranoplanes in the picture probably didn't, or wouldn't, cost more than three million to build here in the U.S. Getting them certified might be a bit of an issue.
    These are 'ground effect' craft and can not fly very high. Their small wings allow them to fly in a cushion of air a few feet above the water, maybe 10-15' max. But, they could be fast, up to 125 or even 150 mph. That does not give you a whole lot of time to figure out what it is before it's on you.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
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