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. Derick

    I fail to see what's so bad about these flying boats. They're good for maritime patrol.

    It's not like they're gonna use these to attack America or anything?

    Speedboats with cruise missiles would do more damage anyway.

    October 2, 2010 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tailgate Party

    I think that we can probably get a bunch of Tailgaters who have been drinking for 3 hours straight to throw their empty beer cans and bottles at these "flying boats" and would do more damage, than these flying rubber banded engines bathtubs could ever do to anyone.

    October 2, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • bryco264

      These are not stealth.

      February 19, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. choe_mu_seon

    Ironically, it was little speed boats like this that sank a US carrier group when they ran the last simulation

    October 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Iransukz666

    Bavar is the name, cause the engine sounds just like it when it is "trying" to take

    October 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. deez

    machine gun and carries surveillance cameras? yea an Uzzi and Polaroid in their lap. Hitler called, he wants his planes back.

    October 4, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. me

    Don't forget that sometimes the oldest technology is still the best technology. China developed rocketry about 5000yrs ago, and we still use it in some of our most high tech devices. And also, don't forget that we still use foot soldiers. Everything can potentially have a very specific purpose. A very broad range of military devices allows for much greater strategic diversity. These boat planes simply fill a niche that would otherwise have been neglected.

    October 5, 2010 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. yakman

    Is it April 1st?

    October 5, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim Atkins

    Look at the angles and corners on that tail. It's about as stealthy as a greyhound bus. These aren't really airplanes, either- they look like wing-in-ground effect surface skimmers (ekranoplanes). Not too scary.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dave

    watch the latest movies online free at movies27 dot com

    October 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. davew

    watch the latest movies online free at movies27 dot com

    October 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Johnsie

    I guess the squadron of flying monkeys didn't work out...

    Seriously though, we had them during world war 2 – it was called a PBY Catalina.

    October 10, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. iceman

    i'm too close for missiles...switching to guns

    October 26, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Navy Developer

    WIGs offer this; as cheap as a boat = you can have swarms of them with total logistic cost far less than fighter aircraft. As primarily a boat, they will be able to quickly catch and prosecute any conventional boat out there in a developed sea state. Our USA version of this might be an extreme signature treatment, exploit instabilities with fly by wire, alternative propulsion (than Irans version). A little highly maneuverable missile platform that operates at +200knts right on the deck and is almost impossible to detect. Now consider a cooperative swarm of these. Now consider them as an UxS.

    November 7, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    You people here are stupid. You all are comparing these things to f-22's and destroyers. You might as well say that we shouldn't have foot soldiers and rifles because we have planes and bombs. We might as well ditch the planes becasue we have nukes. Everything has a purpose.

    Sometimes you need to use a staple, even though you have a ten inch nail. Sometimes you need a small hammer when you have a sledgehammer.

    BTW Do you people really think that the war in Iraq is worth it? Get a life, and leave them alone. I personally like my life, and I could care less about theirs. When I start worrying about other people more than myself, thats when I know my life is over.

    but, those flying boats are neat. I want one. It looks like an awesome way to travel.

    December 14, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mark Whelan

    I know that Ihave come into this discussion much too late but I would ask the people who are knocking the WIG craft developed by Iran to give examples of American designed and built WIG vessels civil or military. The development of this type of vessel has been left to smaller 1st and 3rd world countries and the Communist Block Countries. NO USA wig vessel has ever got beyond the prototype stage

    May 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
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