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. Harvey Wallbanger

    A lot of comments I see here are belittle these craft. Something does not have to be high tech to be extremely useful. There are situations where these craft could make all the difference in a battle. They could pop up from just about anywhere along a coast line, hit, run, and then hide again. An hour latter they could pop up again a hundred miles away and do it all over again

    Perfect for hit and run guerrilla warfare tactics. Do not underestimate these craft.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Suger

    not sure what everyone is all joking about. couple this with the supersonic torpedo that Iran purported developed a couple of years ago and this make a [pretty effective combo.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave Nettles

    They must be thinking they will be fighting the kids. Iran will never have any real technology unless they beg borrow or steal it.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. archi102

    We'll have to respond with a squadron of an advanced version of the Sopwith Camel. Of course we'll have to add some pontoons and supercharge the Gnome Monosoupape 9N Rotary engine to bump it up to maybe 250hp but desperate times call for desperate measures.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. josh

    Why would a country in the desert build short range flying boats? Where are they going to land the dumb things? They look like they were built by a high school shop class. Is this the military that Pres. Ahminijad wants the world to fear? I would love to see one of those go toe to toe with an F-22, F-35, Predator, kid with a bottle rocket, etc.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rod

    Wow.... if their engineering on this is this bad.... Makes me wonder of their NUCLEAR facility?????
    They almost …. I say almost … look like Stukas …. What a Joke .

    September 28, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CTexas

    Looks like they've been reading the EAA magazines again. A 50 year old P-51 could vaporize these guys.
    Who are they trying to impress?

    September 28, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CTexas

    Maybe 95 knots. 🙂

    September 28, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jon

    So they've managed to replicate early 20th century technology. Good for them.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sean

    I wonder what they will come up next..perhaps flying machines like those in really old films showing airplanes with 15 wings and 20 propellers or a bicycle with a umbrella attached to it that moves up and down as the the pedals move. Oh those wacky young Persian's and their flying machines

    September 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. etksauron

    LOLOLOLOL and iran expects to be taken seriously on a global scale with that???? what a joke! make your enemies laugh to death!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol


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  12. Marines123

    LOL!the new suicide plane. I would hate to be the pilot flying this Hobby People kit airplane.Iran is now ready to fight the lake war. LOL! Get some.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ChimChim

    OMG, LOL, and every other possible way of laughing. I seriously had to go back and look at the date on the article. Thought for sure I'd accidentally pulled up some historical event posting.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Iranian Minister of Defense

    We have made a huge technological leap from the amusement park paddle boat to strike fear in the minds of the infidels. We call our new weapon the Target Drone for the Great Satan.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mitchell

    I bet if I put wings and a propeller on my 99' Hyundai accent it would stronger than their toy boat.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
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