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. the_dude

    That looks like something I could build in my garage

    September 28, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Evandro

    I don't known why people take Iranian actions so seriously! Come on.... The whole world shows off the new war equipament when they get it!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • TellMenolies

      True, but generally the weapons aren't 1930's tech level.....

      September 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. KeithG

    LOL!! I can shoot that down with small arms fire, nevermind a US Destroyer, Frigate, or one of our Fighter planes.

    Better yet, our snipers using .50cal bullets will take these down from a mile away no problem!!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. DaleTex

    I suppose Iran thinks these type low flying boats and other speedy attack water craft will be a deterrent to U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf if they should attempt to shut the waterway down. "Kamikaze" swarm our fleet as a distraction with so many at once while they use other low flying missles against our carriers. They always are thinking what vunerable openings are available in our defenses. Not as silly as one might think.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • kevin

      I agree. The Iranians aren't trying to build a stealth aircraft comparable to an F-22. They aren't so ignorant to think they can challenge US cutting edge technology in a fair one-on-one fight. But what if you pack 30 of these with explosives and head towards a frigate or destroyer? If they all arrive at the same time as Iran's speedboats, cruise missiles, and sub torpedoes, the US or a western navy could have a real problem.

      And for those of you enamored with Phalanx CIWS, remember that the Mk16 only carries 1500 rounds. Shooting at 3,000 rpm, you get about 10x 2 sec bursts. So maybe you can shoot down 10 incoming threats. Then you have to reload Phalanx by hand... which takes about an hour under good conditions (i.e. no one trying to kill you).

      The Iranians don't have to sink the entire fleet... they have to get one oil tanker or US warship to "win."

      September 30, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RSAn

    I want one. I wonder if they sell a kit.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. neato

    I don't see the machine gun. Is it in the pilot's lap?

    September 28, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Dohn Joe

      Yeah, it's a tommy gun that used to belong to John Dillinger.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • gateway

      LOL. Probably.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steve

    Wait... did CNN steal this from TheOnion.com?

    September 28, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. you're kiddin'

    An A-10 with a gattling up front or a destroyer with gattling capabilities would shred them in seconds.........Aside from that in moderately 'rough" water they can't get airborne OR land........fair weather fighters....gawd!!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Greg

    Yeah, they are prop planes and would get owned in a dog fight. Except they are not there to do any dog fighting. They probably put he prop on to limit the amount of noise created by the machine. Even so, its still a crappy design. Because any country they will use them against has equipment that can pick up a mouse fart. What is Iran thinking?

    September 28, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. Eric

    Clearly using the finest technology that 1960 has to offer.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. Quartz

    It kind of looks like when they built it, they forgot to put the motor in so they just slapped it in behind the pilot. Stupid interns.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. Adrian Lores

    come on guys they might have a radar evador flying boat, so that does not mean they are better than us jajaja I think who ever came up those is way behind

    September 28, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. WWWII Ace

    Sweet, call the aircraft museum, time to gas up the Spitfires and Corsairs we're going in. Hmmm, think i'll watch Baa Baa Blacksheep.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. You'vegottobekidding

    I bet they make a neat sound when you step on them. Like bugs.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. pitman55

    Didn't Peter Potamus have the first flying boat ?

    September 28, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
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