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.
HOLY CR_P! I'm scared now. We better nuke 'um
I built one of these from plans I got from the AMA a couple of years ago.
Don't believe it?
Here's the Kit http://www.modelaircraft.org/plans/images/2008/1018.jpg
?! Radar evading... Is this a joke? It has an internal combustion engine mounted overhead. If that hunk of metal can't be detected on radar, we better get better radar. I think this thing must just fly under the radar.
I think IKEA sells these things....
Why was my post about our Stealth Blimp squadron not posted???
Oh yeah...I rode on something like that at Six Flags. Lol. Good luck landing that jet ski with a lawnmower engine when the water's choppy.
I saw Godzilla eat one of these.
A flying boat like that typically cannot fly very high and is probably pretty load. So, the fact that it can evade radar is not that impressive – it probably cannot evade the human eye nor ear.
For those making cracks about these boats, and they are classified as boats, not aircraft, take the time to look up ekranoplan. The Soviets and then the Russians have researched this area for years and craft just like the Iranian's can be found in archival pictures. The targets of these won't be the US Navy, the targets will be the world's oil tanker fleet.
Cute while simultaneously useless against a real modern military. Something to consider though is the destabilizing effect this could have amongst middle eastern countries that have fairly low tech capability. It could be a real game changer in parfts of the perisan gulf.
Now if you could use it to drop sharks into swimming pools....
If Iran could see past using these for semi-ridiculous posturing they could form the FBI ( Flying Boats of IRAN) and make a few hundred million.
"Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the few countries which managed to design, build and use flying boats in a short time"
Yes (snicker)...I'm sure the U.S. could never (chuckle) build one of those! They are kind of cute, though.
You could shoot these down with a bow and arrow!
Folks be aware this is a trick. The idea is to make our soldiers laugh so hard once they see these things coming at them that it will make it easy for an Iranian ambush.
looks like a flying berka