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. Culpepper

    Iranian scientists are now hard at work on stealing our Flux Capacitor technology

    February 9, 2013 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jack

    ahhh, the flying boat. the perfect weapon for desert combat....

    February 9, 2013 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • realairplaneguy

      LMAO!!! You made my day Jack thanks.......

      February 10, 2013 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      LOL go learn geography first before opening your mouth...

      February 10, 2013 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Why would you use a boat in the desert? You are not very bright, are you?

      February 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sookie

    Are they going to fly south for the winter?hahaha. If they are going south try a camel it will be safer

    February 9, 2013 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. widow

    i bet I could throw a rock and knock that thing out of the sky.. What a joke. A complete POS

    February 9, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tom

    Please, it is the 'Week of Sacred Defense" in Iran. Show them some respect and lie about how almight and powerful they are, and marvel at their technological brillance.

    February 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    Please, it is the 'Week of Sacred Defense" in Iran. Show them some respect and lie about how almight and powerful they are, and marvel at their technological brillance.

    February 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. IagainstI

    Bring on the GAU-17

    February 9, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SumTexan

    The only radar they've evaded is their own radars. By look of where the engine and prop is on that thing, you can tell it doesn't have a chance in Hell of evading any radar.

    February 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Daniel

    They just stuck an engine on top of a fiberglass model and it's going to somehow evade rader? It's like they're making fun of themselves at this point.. They excitedly boasted that "it can go over 100 knots!" .. in other words, slower than your average minivan. I can imagine a squadron of these would just be knocked out of the sky in one fell swoop by an actual fighter jet.

    February 10, 2013 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. NickD

    Those things would be as stealthy as the moon. Then the GI Joe toy plane they just tried to pass off and the fake rocket launch as if NORAD could not have seen a rocket going ionto space from iran. sheesh

    Either these Iranians are trying to fool their own people, or they are just stark raving stupid.

    Still, never underestimate your enemy. They might be making themselves look like fools on purpose.

    February 10, 2013 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. dorothy

    Looks like the flying monkeys from OZ

    February 10, 2013 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. realairplaneguy

    Any solder from ANY country iin the world using a standard infantry rifle could knock the engine out on this thing with a single shot, not to mention the pilot sitting there out in the open unprotected and only going 100 kts. would be a sitting duck. I'll bet there was a real face palm moment for some Iranian Navy Admiral thinking to himself "how am I going to make this piece of junk look like a real threat".......

    February 10, 2013 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. Nellore S. Venkataraman

    You mean FLYING BOOTS, not boats.

    February 10, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kalani

    Hey Iran and Allies of same: MARS Curiosity Rover just called back home with pics of 72 virgins dancing around a newly discovered date palm oasis. From the trees hang AK-47's and burning American and Israeli flags. For a limited time only, NASA will fund your trip to NEW MECCA

    February 10, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Walter

    LOL. Even WWII era naval vessels could easily shoot those down. They wouldn't have a chance against anything more modern.

    February 11, 2013 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
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