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.
"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 Iranâ€™s so-called stealth technology, saying the flying boat looked like something anyone could buy in kit form from mechanical magazine ads.
"M" call "Q" and tell him to bring Nelly!
ahahhaahahahaa....oh wait, this isn't a red bull flutag event?
Omg.. aren't these cute. It looks Iran developed propeller driven floating clay pigeons for the navy to have target practice with. I would join up just to enjoy shooting those down.
Good night everybody! I'm tired of joking and listening to all your comments. For those who back up Iraq. Please go and ask the Supreme joker if you can go to OCS and learn how to fly the flying boat? Hey don't forget! When you fly low undetected you are going to be waxed by an infantryman behind a fifty cal machine gun. Or better yet a flyswatter from a combat cook is going to take you downtown. Congratulation to your country for the top secret flying butterfly. Oh! Also, for letting the world no you are trying to build a nuclear warhead that will be ducktaped to the flying butterfly. Get some!!
Think outside the box for a moment: Grab 50 of those, take them to Syria or Lebanon, load them with radioactive waste, and then launch them against Israel. For a cheap veseel, that could be quite dangerous.
That's really cute! We have flying boats here in the U.S., but they work a little differently – they're called aircraft carriers.
What kinds of weapons will these amphibious ultra-lights carry? If you weight them down they don't fly or float very well. In fact they probably hold so little gas they can't go very far.
They definitely won't be dropping any nukes from these things. What exactly is the point of telling us about them?
I just got my 5am Laugh hahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ahahahahahahahahaha! Are they serious?! Ahahahahahaha! One U.S. battleship or aircraft carrier would shoot down their whole squadron in 20 mins!
What's funny is their proud of their military. Or should I say sad?
One man, one engine, one gun, lots of noise and not much speed... conratulations Iran. You just reinvented the Fokker Eindekker.
I could knock one of those out of the air with a fart.
Iran! Sell me one, or at least the plans or a kit. While we're at it, sell me one of your old Hillman Hunter knock offs as well.
LOL!!!!! you're kidding right. That would've been cool about 50 years ago. WHAT A JOKE!!!
so what they call it "a DUCK"?
Reminds me of the "Christmas Bullet", a monoplane developed by Doc. Christmas to fly into Germany and kidnap Kaiser Wilhelm II. Google it - fun read on human folly.