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. mokumanu

    They must be bored.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SamTheTank

    Desperate attempt by Iranian regime to thwart any attack by much advanced armies of the west. Like Cuba and Iraq who were under US Embargo for years, they are destined to fall unless divine intervention.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Louie

    Rumor has it the Iranians now have another secret flying machine in the works. They're calling it the helicopter.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Thorrsman

    Eventually they will build something equal to the Grumman Goose, which carries 8. Of course, that will put them just a little behind the times. The "Goose" was introduced in 1937.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Seriously?

    Kids, get your slingshots... The Iranian Airforce is on the horizon! How far could these possibly go on one tank?

    September 28, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. morinundman

    Now that's outright funny.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Johnny

    RPG's were Made For This Long Ago

    September 28, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kevin

    Isn't this just a seaplane with the propeller in the back and a machine gun attached to it?

    September 28, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Truth

    Wouldn't the U.S., or anyone, just send out a few "flying fighter jets" and wax these dinky toys? Lol. Iran is such a joke. These aren't even flying boats...they're flying jet skis with ridiculous lawnmower engines on them.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ArtInChicago

    Looks like a big fly swatter should do the trick.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mekhong Kurt

    Texas Pete, why do you call these craft a POS? Do you have inside knowledge not contained in the article and not generally available otherwise? I have no idea if they're well-made or not, nor do I know if they're necessary for anyone - after all, we already have seaplanes and helicopters capable of landing on water. And both of those could be armed with a machine gun.

    Since the Iranians built it, I hope it's worthless.

    I wouldn't mind *having* one, though (minus the gun, of course!). ;^)

    September 28, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Justin

    Can we just Annihilate them now please?! .. There making there ancient people look absolutely ridiculous...... Iran.. is like.. the only country in the middle east.. who's people are worth freeing......

    September 28, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Yup

    This sort of reminds me of Jaws 4 when Michael Caine's character lands the plane in the water, the shark attacks him, but he survives wearing dry clothes.

    In other words, this is ridiculous.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Truth

    Geez they better hope it's not a choppy day on the water, because these jet ski's with lawnmower engines won't be able to move. Lol.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike Papadopoulos

    Go Go Gadget Boat!!

    September 28, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
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