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. Bond, James Bond

    "M" call "Q" and tell him to bring Nelly!

    September 29, 2010 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. Justin Putney

    ahahhaahahahaa....oh wait, this isn't a red bull flutag event?

    September 29, 2010 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kyle K.

    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.

    Thanks Iran..

    September 29, 2010 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Marines123

    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!!

    September 29, 2010 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lisandro Pardo

    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.

    September 29, 2010 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Eric Nicolas

    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?

    September 29, 2010 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. dahuiheenalu

    I just got my 5am Laugh hahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 29, 2010 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. JP

    Ahahahahahahahahaha! Are they serious?! Ahahahahahaha! One U.S. battleship or aircraft carrier would shoot down their whole squadron in 20 mins!

    September 29, 2010 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. JP

    What's funny is their proud of their military. Or should I say sad?

    September 29, 2010 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. David

    One man, one engine, one gun, lots of noise and not much speed... conratulations Iran. You just reinvented the Fokker Eindekker.

    September 29, 2010 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. robb

    I could knock one of those out of the air with a fart.

    September 29, 2010 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. David

    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.

    September 29, 2010 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. 101liberty

    LOL!!!!! you're kidding right. That would've been cool about 50 years ago. WHAT A JOKE!!!

    September 29, 2010 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jay

    so what they call it "a DUCK"?

    September 29, 2010 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. chauve-souris

    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.

    September 29, 2010 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
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