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. GeorgeBush

    Are they actually serous?? It's a freakin' toy!!!! The Defense Minister needs to lay off the ganja!

    September 29, 2010 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. CSnord

    Leave it to the Iranians to marry a bad boat to a bad airplane and claim it as a military and technological marvel. This thing only has one use - civilian oppression. Its military value is just about zero - unless they go up against the French.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. deeznutz

    flying boats...what's next...ships that move under water...uh oh. These people have nuclear fuel! Hope they don't use it on the boats:)

    September 29, 2010 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. John

    Didn't MacGyver build one of these?

    September 29, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. W7RKD

    So funny!!!! The crafts name is wrong though, it should be "Bazzar" just like their countries president! LOL

    September 29, 2010 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. W7RKD

    Flying camel Dung! What will they think of next?

    September 29, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. W7RKD

    Yeah, stealth alright, it's going to take nothing to splinter one of those in mid air and they will not see anything left of it, stealth, yeah!

    September 29, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. W7RKD

    Next brain fart of military ingenious they will have is the Camel Hover Craft

    September 29, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. shinings

    looks fun, i want me one.

    September 29, 2010 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. borisjimbo

    Actually they look something like the Martin P6M Seamaster, a US flying boat from the '50's.

    September 29, 2010 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |

    Does anyone have a freaking flyswatter?

    Maybe this is some elaborate diversion they are creating to do something more evil.

    September 29, 2010 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. Michelle

    Hopefully they don't discover what happens when you mix pop rocks with coca cola!

    September 29, 2010 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Matt

    Saudis ordered $40B and Kuwait ordered $20B of advanced weapons from US to handle Iran latest Flying airplane!? It is secret, but Iran and US are going to share profit!

    September 29, 2010 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Michelle

    What if they really do think they're fighting the kids? Now I have to go to Ace Hardware and buy duct tape to secure the 2 screwdrivers I own to the front of my daughters rollerblades!

    September 29, 2010 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. Marines123

    Love Wars. Hi! Please everybody, its been a fun day, but love wars believes we have been fighting in Afghanistan against AK47,s. With our mighty Billion bucks war machine for 9years. We are being paid to rotate a million men and women so they can buy houses, cars, education, and feed their familys. Its not just a job its an adventure. Now that we have to deal with butterflys in Iran our millitary will be issued green flyswatters and a one day course on how to duck and swing the swatter.

    September 29, 2010 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
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