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. Marines123

    Desert Storm and Iriqi Freedom Vet Doc. OK let's UPS this Hobby People kit airplane to Camp Pendleton and scare first Recon! Recon one this is Recon two. I see some butterflys in the sky! Should I call Cobra one or just put the fly net over my head? Get some Iraq! I love butterflys!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. High Tech

    It took me a while, but I think I have it figured out......they are going to crash all of them in one spot.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. EdgarX

    And how exactly are these toys going to hold up against an F-18?

    September 28, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mac

    OK, so i see all the funny comments and i agree, but what if they are so slow our modern stuff cant see them??.......hmmmm.....

    September 28, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lol

    and these are the ppl that claim they can take us on!!!!!!! three year old made a better boat than that in shop class yo!!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Juma1234

    how fast can these things move 2km per hr... seriously i think its a waste of time n resources all that money could easily be used to feed thousands of starving people around the planet! Same goes to all other nations who keep on wasting money on pointless wars and machines! Such a shame!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lol

    for real thanks everyone!the remarks on here are the funniest s@%t ive read in a long time!!!! oh n thanks iran!!lolol

    September 28, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dis'n Iran

    OMG I just realized their secret plan: They are going to fly to lake havasu during spring break,then
    abscond with all our bikini-clad babes!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    Just wait until they invent planes that can land on water!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Iranian Minister of Defense

    We have constructed these advanced machines with our latest radar absorbing material (aka RAM for you mindless infidels). We call the material "cardboard". None of the Great Satan's radars can see it. Wait, they are all starting to sink ........ I mean..... yes the secret is out, they are also submarines, yes , that's it .....flying boat submarines. The Americans are scuttling their warships in fear.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Everson

    Howard Hughes' ghost must had been their chief engineer

    September 28, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dis'n Iran

    Ameesh. Please help mie fly-eeing. I pull up for thee sky? A goose has landed on my weendsheeeld!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. stereotype

    you know anyone can go buy an ultra light and put camera's on it and mount a machine gun. that's probably the worst example of military technology ever.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dis'n Iran

    Ameesh. Over. Thee bilge pump eeeesh not draineenng! My boat plane too heaveeyyy

    September 28, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tom

    Looks better than the 'dick head' US drown. I can't tell about it's performance as I'm not a 'Call of duty' expert like the other guys here.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
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