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. Jenkums for sale

    What's wrong with you bickering little terds? The Democratic, Republican and Tea parties are all corrupt and nearly retarded, though that would be insulting retarded people to put them in the same classification. Who gives a flying (or floating) f__k what the Iranians do with their spare time in regards to stupid technological displays such as this one.

    America has a much greater enemy and threat than Iran, and it is festering in our Country, under the guise of media, politicians and corporatism. You don't have to be a tree-hugging, nug-huffer to understand that we are crumbling from within, just like every other great "empire" has. We need to shift our focus from what only childish morons would perceive as a threat (I.E. Iran) and start to clean house domestically. None of your parties hold the answer, and all you old folks need to let go of the idea that you know what's best. It is YOUR generation(s) that have drug our nation into this mess, and it is the YOUNGER generations who are going to bail us all out. Just sit back and quit your ignorant bit__ing. You fogies had your chance and you blew it with irresponsibility the likes of which this nation has never seen.

    jenkums for sale, 2 for 1!

    September 29, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Harv

    It would be a mistake to dismiss these flying boats as a joke. They would be highly effective for hit and run guerrilla tactics. They could pop up out of nowhere, ambush their target, and disappear. By the time a response could be organized, they could pop up twenty miles away and do it again.

    I saw a story in the paper about ten years ago were two people were killed when the auto they were in ran off the road. The cause of the accident was the driver being distracted by a hornet. He outweighed the insect by ten thousand to one; it had no technology; and its only weapon was a drop of formic acid. Yet it managed to kill two people and total a machine weighing several tons.

    If one hornet could do this, imagine what a swarm of them could do under intelligent control. The flying boats could be like that swarm of hornets. The would be cheap enough where they Iranians could stamp out thousands of them. Operation and maintenance cost would be minimal and they can't be that hard to fly. With little radio control you have a poor man's cruise missile.

    In short, swarms of these things could cause havoc.

    September 29, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. seriously folks

    I think all of you are missing the point: this isn't a plane that can land on water. This is a BOAT that can FLY. Completely different thing.

    September 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kirkus Wilcoxus

    Does Kevin Costner get Royalties from this since he came up with it first in th movie Waterworld about 2 decades ago?

    September 29, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. wingmine

    Those magnificent men in their flying machines

    September 29, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. H8w8ting

    Didn't Lane Meyer's kid brother build one of these things from a mail order kit in the movie "Better Off Dead"!!! I can picture a small persian boy asking dbag president for his 2 Tikrans !!!

    September 29, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Crispy

    Eventhough this looks like one of those cool little speed boat tours that you can take while on vacation in Cancun, does anyone remember the story of the Trojan Horse? Never underestimate your opponent...

    September 29, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Greg Munro

    the planes have machine guns and video.......ummmm, dont we already have something like that....its a plane that can land on water, ice or land......I see them allll them time, and they dont look as silly as these things do. Why are people so worried – they are nothing in comparison to what the states and Canada have. Lord these things look like they were built by a kid with brain damage in the sand box on a hot summers day. If they want to waste their money on these foolish things, at least it isnt being spent else where!

    September 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Defcon2

    It's a Flying Yugo! or maybe it's a Floating Yugo? no, they didn't float either.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fazila

    OK so you americans think that iran is a joke and you dont need to worry about it. So why hundreds of you pay attention enough to comment on this article. seriously, you americans are always worried about your security. if you think high technology can protect your ass why hundreds of you died in Afghanistan and Iraq war. You need to be worried not so to make more equipments but to respect other countries.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
    • BadBozo

      Whatever dude. Yes, we lost "hundred" or how about "Thousands" but you think we that scares Americans? You dorks lost 1,000,000 men in 10 years of fighting Iraq, and didn't end up with anything. Just a dead generation.

      Notice how we continue to stay in the area year after year after year after year.......

      You don't understand how we operate do you. Well let me enlighten you. You see Americans disagreeing about things all the time on TV and think we are falling apart. No, that's how we get things done here. We argue amongst ourselves, but once you get in our bullseye, it's just like stirring up a big hornets nest. And now that were used to a few casualties and the shock has warn off, it's routine. You didn't get us out of dodge early enough, and now we are on your doorstep to stay baby!!

      Let me know how that police state thing goes for you.

      October 1, 2010 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. Herpi Harrison

    Give credit where credit is due . . . Over 30 years Iran has survived a rift with the USA and even under sanctions continue to flourish. Yes they are perhaps not the greatest of inventions but certainly outshine their neighbours where the US pumps billions into aid and technology.
    No one should get hung up if viewing them as defensive weapons not nuke delivering vehicles.
    Of course Israel is the exception but they are the tail that wags master USA.

    September 30, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. JR

    Lol. This looks like a job for DUCK COMMANDER!!!

    September 30, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. Steve

    Batteries not included. Did some one say this already?

    September 30, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • i12bphil

      Doesn't matter. Its still funny no matter who says it.

      February 12, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Steve

    Those look like they could become submarines real quick.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. kcw

    Isn't this pretty much the same "build it at home" flying boat featured in an old issue of Popular Mechanics? June, 54' maybe?
    As I recall, it came as a "two in one" kit. You could either build the "flying boat" or the "flying car". The boat being more of a recreational thing and the car used to commute/fly to work. I believe that the next month's issue promoted the "hover" car that everyone would soon be driving.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
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