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. Becca_Tag

    Nervous that they belong to Iran, but that is SUPER-COOL! Does 007 know about this?

    September 28, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kevin

    ROFLMMFAO

    September 28, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ethan

    Since when did COBRA and Iran join forces?

    September 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Daniel

    why you guys so scared of Iran?

    September 28, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. averagejoe

    Well, last month they displayed there drone aircraft – so if you put these technologies together Iran could have an thousand cheaply made remote control planes to send to israel. All you need is one nuke or dirty bomb in the mix – they won't be able to stop all of the drones...something is bound to make it.

    Its honestly an interesting strategy – if you can't beat someone in an arms race- you build up cheap distractions and save your best weapons for later – didn't someone do that in WWII with an armada of cardboard and floats to fool the enemy?

    September 28, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ben10plus10

    Uhmmm..the color of the plane does'nt even look stealthy to me..weird

    September 28, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chieatfetus

    AWSOME! so now how is the US going to top this?

    September 28, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Frank

    It does look like an excellent craft for emergencies.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Matt from Toronto, Canada

    Welcome to 1943, Iran!

    September 28, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. alexis stein

    This is basically just a plane that can float, America has had these sorts of crafts for a long time. Shows har behind these countries are!

    September 28, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. alexis stein

    This is basically just a plane that can float, America has had these sorts of crafts for a long time. Shows how far behind these countries are!

    September 28, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Solrac

    In conclusion .....I could make a better plane With LEGOS

    September 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dave

    Yes I can always tell Middle Eastern radicals when they scowl at my buff bull terrier. I'm so done with their antiquated traditionalism. Look we all came from nowhere and yet we all agree on one thing we don't seem to know anything about and that is we are supposed to go somewhere else after all this is over..Logic tells us we should start taking care of Mother earth or we might pay in a way we all regret...Blame it on leadership..The latter is on a serious downward spiral..

    September 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ben10plus10

    'not a chance with F22A Raptor. . .slowpoke iRanians!

    September 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alex

    how is this any different from a plane that can land on water?

    September 28, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
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