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. kayaker247

    haha... I has boat plane. hahaha... I soon rule world. haha. bow down to my boat plane!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cliff Vegas

    I had to do a double take – "radar evading flying boats"? LOL... It must be true then that a lonely man will not only become accustomed to his own stench but will eventually come to love it.

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

    Flying boats from one of the most mountainous countries in the world. I think one of the American unmanned drones could take out the entire fleet, but probably wont' need to knowing their country was hacked by one of the most advanced viruses ever developed. I'd say we're sending them back to the stone age, but they're already there.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dis'n Iran

    Okay Iran, I see your flying boat, and raise you a dolphin-shaped, personal submarine wave-jumper thingy...

    September 28, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dis'n Iran

    Ameesh. Dolpheen sub ees blockeeing my flying to start! Bilge pump not workeeeing. Answer Ameesh!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cliff Vegas

    Set fire to the whole fleet of them with one, well placed torch...

    September 28, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dis'n Iran

    Ameesh they have borded my boatplane! They have beer. They play american music and dance on my weeengs. Help meeee

    September 28, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dis'n Iran

    Ameesh the women they have big round things on their fronts eets looks like pointing weapons helpppp

    September 28, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marines123

    I remember in shop we made these toys out of bosso wood! I want one so I can fly it in the dry riverbed! The Supreme joker shouls be selected for front cover of hobby magazine or Americas funniest videos. This article should of been posted on entertainment section! I guess he wants to duck tape a bomb underneath the toy?

    September 28, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. boodadawg

    Tankers are the probable targets, not military engagement. Hundreds of ships (of potential launch size) in the Gulf at any time. More discreet than a sub. No sillier than the thought of flying a plane into a building, until it happens. Twelve might be enough to get two or three if coordinated, that would be a big ROI.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark Danford

    I could imagine what a lake full of Minnesota or Wisconsin duck hunters on opening day could do to the Iraninian 'Air Force" They would get their limit of "Flying Boats" the first hour and head for the bar and tell how their labs tried to drag the boats to shore. The leinies and Old Style would really be flowing!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Marines123

    Wrong answer! They are not capable to deploy a nuclear warhead against the mighty America! We will intersept and turn Iran into hot sand. Let's not let someones comments interupt the joke of the day! The Supreme joker is running for reelection. He's not going to be picked after this public realations disaster. Hey! Ill help with dammage control. This was a mistake. These are toy butterfylys for the San Francisco street festaval. LOL!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dis'n Iran

    This is Yoda. Great design this is for skywalker when he crashed in my swamp yard...

    September 28, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Brian

    HAHAHAHAHA! This is what passes for a war plane?....i hope they mass produce thousands

    September 28, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Larry

    This has been the best topic I have ever seen on this article... I have not laughed as much or hard in a very long time. Some of these comments are just off the wall funny. But, seriously! Those things are about as stealth as a elephant is in a glass house. Someone commented that why would we need sonar and radar for these things? Well, the radar is for when they are flying? the sonar is for when they are shot down and sinking. Have a good night all. I now know I can sleep good tonight knowing Iran will kill us laughing. I can not wait until there next great invention. Flying camels with super duper thrust.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
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