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. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    NO, you wil not face or deabte any of us,, you set and hide and run those pig mouths having such fun.
    oh how smart you are, oh how stupid they are.
    how how brave you are, oh what cowards they are.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • tarzan

      I'll bite what would you like to debate? human rights? womens rights ? .........(sound of crickets)

      September 28, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      o, Let us Dsicuss hwo your arab masters treat women. lest discuss how you and your jews starve and muder gaza. human rights?
      you have no rights left american.
      i can kill you any where i want any time now.
      i can areesta nd hold you no charges.
      i can water board and torture you.
      please go on,.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaynsc

      I havent laughed this hard since this mornings posts from the guy who said he wanted "flamenon" for his last meal. Really, awesome job to all, this post was hilarious...

      September 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      A soldier defending his country is not a coward.

      A puppet government controlled by clerics that's afraid of free speech and free elections, that's cowardice.

      People who fight rigged elections and die for fairness and freedom are the brave ones.

      Sadly, in Iran, there's no lack of cowards.

      On a positive note, there are plenty of brave people. They just need to act and they need help..

      September 28, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      I see, debate on women's rights, ok. In the U.S. women can vote. They don't have to meet a prescribed clothing standard under the guise of modesty set forth by a bunch of clerics who are so old they can't remember what a woman looks like. Women can drive and they can vote. Here and in Israel! Wow! What does the Arab and Persian brand of Islam offer them? The status of property equivalent to a cow where they are only for having the children of some filthy pig 25 years older than they are. I suppose for you this would be paradise. How about the political process. I agree all politicians are liars and they use that to their advantage to get elected and we get to protest here without getting shot. In Iran, it's labeled as subversion, a crime against the state (Moronic Clerics) and you get shot. Enjoy your 12th century paradise, General!

      September 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Supreme flying boat commander #1

    Switching prop to silent now. We will glide in quietly and surprise those infidels

    September 28, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Supreme flying boat commander #1

      Holy Bacon and Ham Breakfast, those American Infidels are laughing at us Supreme Commander. I smuggled a handgrenade in my Head Rag, I will toss it on them. Praise Ally Sheady

      September 28, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Trickle

    To all of you misinformed individuals that don't think that the Muslim world is
    capable of holding their own, you're sadly mistaken! You are truly ignorant if you think Iran doesn't have the intelligence, creativity,or technology to create a functional and effective weapon! If that was the case, it wouldn't be any worries about they're nuclear program! By the way, I don't think Isreal has a chance without the help of the U.S.!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Oh, so, Iran must be showing off these masterful pieces of weaponry in order to divert us from their real military backbone technology? And your wrong. Israel can easily handle whatever problems come their way. The U.S. funds and supplies their military after all.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Not to be an ass but the most capable aircraft that Iran has is the F-14 Tomcat fighters it bought from the U.S. before the Shah was thrown out of power. The F-14, while a fine fighter in it's day, is now antiquated technology. Sure, if there's a decent pilot behind the stick it may still be effective, but it can't handle the technology out there today.

      Also, you're sadly misinformed about Israel. I hate to say it but, given their record of handing out ass whoopin to all comers in the middle east, I don't think Iran would stand a chance in a straight up one-on-one fight with Israel using conventional means. Iran would have it's ass handed to it. Why do you all have a problem with Israel anyway? What did they do to you? NOTHING!

      As for ill feelings towards the Iranian people, most Americans have no problem with Iranians. Only a with the puppet Government whose strings are being pulled by zealot clerics who refuse to move into the modern age (no pun intended towards your float planes) and join with the rest of humanity to move forward.

      Are Americans arrogant? I suppose? Have you ever seen an interview with Ahmadina-however the hell you spell his name? That is one arrogant little turd.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. clark

    @ Old Vet: You fought the North Vienanese? What war was that? ;o)

    September 28, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • farmer

      I was there, really had to watch out for the flying pastries. Left a sticky mess on everything. But the beer was not bad at all.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cassandra

      I heard the music was amazing too!

      September 28, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mandrake Ripper A.K.A.

      Clark – it was the war where Old Vet shot bad LT's like you...

      September 28, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Shifty


    September 28, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Cy

    This is too funny. I swear, when I first read the headline I thought it said, "Iran unveils flying monkeys!" 'I'll get you, and your little dog Toto, too!" – Hold me down, I am trembling with fear.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    see how this pig goes on running it smouth squeeling.
    good job america spent last ten years and even today lying ot your people,troops,children.
    ignorant,uneducted,lazy,greedy,selfish. oh what fun .

    September 28, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • clark

      Is this guy for real? Am I being punked?

      September 28, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe M.

      I'm totally baffelled too as to whether mister Mehdi General Dr Bad is a real Iranian or just some smartass college kid spoofing Iranians. I like to think that he's real because it puts him right in line with the flying boat technology. It makes me think that any war with Iran would be an easier walkover than the two Iraq Gulf wars – by far. If we took down these clowns, the youth and intellectuals would bring the country into the modern era and never look back.

      September 28, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      And you can deal with me; Doug Masters!

      September 29, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |


    September 28, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Subicsailor

    Didn't Glenn Curtiss develope this idea about 100 years ago? A larger version of this flew across the Atlantic in 1919... the US Navy's NC-4. Iran is once again behind the rest of the world... as usual.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Let's not forget Howard Hughes and the Spruce Goose!

      September 28, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe M.

      Catalina flying boats run by TWA(?) had regular flight service to Australia and Pacific islands in the 1930s. Amazing when you realize that the Wright brothers first flight was 1910.

      September 28, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. think thank thunk

    looks like flying kamikaze boats. better order up more virgins in case there's a war, mohamed!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    oh but ist Election time!!!
    Rot IN hell you Godless Filth.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • clark

      Whatever friend. I would love to see one of your float boats in a dog fight.

      September 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • highelf

      sounds like you're the godless one. telling people to burn in hell. you're not a muslim are you?

      September 28, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. thedude

    Its been 2 years- can we stop with Bush and worry about the bigger problem? its not some silly single prop pontoon plane either. its the real destructive force sitting in Congress and the white house. Stop your shots at Bush already, he was not much of a president but we have taken a serious step back with our new socialist regime. Hope and Change? yea we are hoping for a quick change to this current madness

    September 28, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • TexVet

      **** like ****

      September 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Albert

    Propelers?? Looks like surplus from the 2nd world war.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. C

    Out of 46 responses, I estimate that 44 of them are mocking and prideful. Keep a humble spirit and love your enemy.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Wrong answer america. and YOU will get NO More Chances.
    The Brits and i have Cease fire and Truce.
    Jordan is My New Country.
    and YOU will die stupid. Alhumdillaiah.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Maddmann3

      I lol'd

      September 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
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