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. Elmer Weaver

    ¿Cuáles son los nombres de los tribus de los Indios de Chiapas, Oaxacas?

    What are the Tribal Names of the Indians in Mexico, Oaxaca, Chiapas?

    September 30, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scotty

      Huey, Louie and Dewey

      September 30, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Elmer Weaver

    What are the names of the Indian tribes in Mexico, Oaxaca, Chiapas?

    September 30, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elmer Weaver

      Could it be possible the Name of the Indians of Oaxaca, Chiapas, would be the "TZELTALS?"

      September 30, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mommamia

    what r they trying to prove exactly? they really need to stop wasting their money on stupid stuff like these and focus on the more important issues....but they are so corrupt, i just don't think they know how to do that. sad.

    September 30, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. A&M Aero

    I don't think you have to observe it, you just have to wait for it to crash.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. vejay

    where can we buy one????????
    they are nuts

    September 30, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scotty

    Nice toys! Can I have one for Christmas? I can fly one around at the park. Does it use batteries or a rubber band?

    September 30, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Livin400AD

    Go ahead make fun usa. You know not of the technology or the power of IRAN. We have put worms in space. Scared now huh.. Infindels.

    September 30, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bob

    could use those in the everglades!

    September 30, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Iran False Flag Operation

    Stuxnet Computer Virus is an Iran False Flag Operation

    September 30, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcu

    I see these river boats before, you can take them down with your hunting riffles.

    September 30, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PurplePeopleater

    Don't we already have those?

    I believe they're called, "float planes".

    They just pimped them out with machine guns.

    October 1, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. gunslngr

    Scoobie snacks for A-10's and AH-64's. F-15/16/18's would just whoosh by them on full afterburner and jet-wash-em outta the sky...

    October 1, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. BadBozo

    Those are the most badass swamp boats ever. Perfect for the Florida Everglades. i notice in the video I saw of these nobody was doing any extended flying, just short hops. I wonder if they have stability problems like the original ekranoplanes. The Soviets had a big one completely eat it at once time.

    Please, let's not start acting like Iran is some military superpower. That's the same nonsense we got fed about Iraq's army before the 1st Gulf war. "4th Largest Army in the world", which we quickly reduced to the 4th largest pile of screaming, begging for their lives, dying meat in history.

    More proof that sanctions are getting these clowns to start saber rattling. Acts of desperation.

    October 1, 2010 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. yeager

    Flying boats! HAHAHAHAHAHA!! No really....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA

    October 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pack

    I have seen more advanced technology in the back of Boy's Life Magazine.

    October 2, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
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