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. Bob K

    Ive seen r/c helicopters i've been more afraid of! I dont know what people are worried about.. the wright brothers could have mounted a remington and manual spindel camera and posed more of a threat to someone..

    "Stealth" plane? If you can't hear those props choppin from 2 miles away you have problems!

    I hope those cameras last once being hit with a sidewinder missile off a F22 ...that'd be fun to watch! 🙂 GO USA!

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

    I guess I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Arthur

    Many of you are too quick to laugh and joke. This could be the start of something unbelieveable and quite surprising. Imagine a million of these things flying at you. Even masquitoes (as small and harmless as they seem) can force people to retreat into their homes..

    September 29, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Chuck Norris

    Yeah, I just sneezed and both squadrons exploded. Next story.

    September 29, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |


    September 29, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. AmericanPieX

    Of course these are pathetic, whats more pathetic is how Americans' need to reassure themselves that this is a joke. Its like justifying that your stronger than a mouse. 🙂

    btw with the past 8 years American's have showed that money can't buy you a military that can win wars. Billions of dollars in weapons / intelligence and they can't Osama bin eating sandwiches.

    September 29, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • i12bphil

      Yeah, because we watch comedy on TV to reassure ourselves that its a joke.

      February 12, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Just Wonderin'

    Where do they put the camels they have s*x with?

    September 29, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. MrLuka

    Anyone watch the cable series "Swamp People" with the Louisiana gator hunters? AAAEEEE ! ! They done already caught Godzilla and Houdini so far; time now boyz to move on to snare dat dere gator dey calls A-Jad.

    September 29, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. trouble bubble

    These are actually props for "Waterworld 2".

    But seriously though, I cannot stop laughing. Should I see a doctor about this? I do want one, they have to be fun to fly or float or whatever it is they presumably do.

    September 29, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. come on

    They will work great in the mountians

    September 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Globalwarmer

    Just imagine the big smiles on our F-18 fighter piloits faces. Can you say world war two like numbers for ace's again.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Count ME In!

    How can you guys all bash these? Sure, its not a great military solution. But look me in the eye and tell me this wouldn't be a blast to have! Cool idea Iran, that looks HELLA FUN!!!
    But yeah that won't stand up against a destroyer no way.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff

    Why do the Bavar-2 Flying Boats have glass bottoms?

    To provide clear viewing of the Bavar-1 Flying boats.

    I'll admit that's an old joke, if you'll admit you laughed at it.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ram

    The Spanish Armada was much bigger and better equipped than the British fishing boat type smaller vessels that were sent out to defend The Rock. The fishing boats destroyed the Armada since their cannons were too high.
    Billion dollar defence american technology cannot put the $22.00 IED (guesstimate) to sleep for good and will never. More soldiers died from the cheap destroyer than the more expensive.
    Jewish high technology (better than america's per $ invenstment per population and GNP) cannot put to sleep the stones and intermittent no hit rockets.
    The better equipped Crusaders of yesterday did not put the Muslims to sleep for ever
    The entire world with all its billions of dollars of technology and food tried to get into Myanmar 2 years ago but could not cross into the harbour..
    So, you young unemployed punks being fed by money from China and you who write all sorts of nonsense on this site, remember the war in the middle east is financed by China not your non-existing federal reserve.
    Today, there are at least 10 issues being debated in America. All are about the business of other foreign sovereign countries and how america can intrude. Is there anyone in your government that is working to uplift the lot of americans and educate you bums on this feedback?
    Have a frankfurter for dinner, on China.

    September 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Charmahal

    I can bring them down with my sling shot !

    September 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
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