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.
"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 Iranâ€™s so-called stealth technology, saying the flying boat looked like something anyone could buy in kit form from mechanical magazine ads.
On a more interesting note, check out the old Russian ekranoplans. Perhaps Iran is slowly working to this goal – kinda like strapping a few barrels together as afirst step toward a missile cruiser. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2200021317530929051#
What's the top speed of one of these?????? About that of a Piper Cub?? 120-140mph???? Wow.........lightening fast....
Neat, will they have races?
They are now training secret Iranian pilots that are able to peddle these things extremely fast, while simultaneously holding steady the hand-held sling shot. (with 2 exceptions. One who was extremely uncomfortable on the Banana Seat, and the other who's pants leg got caught in the chain... Co-pilots have already been made effecient at dropping the stones and pebbles into the slings during flight, allowing for rapid-fire of the vessels primary weapon. An amazing feat while pulling .005 G's
Serve your arab kings and jew masters. go fill up that s.u.v.
as you and your brats now chock on your own filth.
just for the record we don't see any differance between arabs and what ever the heck Irans are. You are all Muck Mucks to us. Thanks have a nice day
While this may be one of the most useless military inventions of all time, I will admit that they're pretty neat. I'd take one.
I want one! They look fun to fly & you can fish from it to!
Did the Iranians kidnap 'M' – I thought I saw one of these on a James Bond movie years ago – and it could be a submarine as well. Oh well- back to the drawing board- D'oh.
These are what are known as WIG vehicles and they are built to fly very close to the water using ground effects. The old USSR had several of them, but much larger, which they used as transports on in-land seas and lakes. These WIG craft move very fast, close to the water making them very difficult targets to see and hit. A small squadron of them outfitted with anti-ship missiles could be very dangerous. However, they do not do well in bad weather and flying them at night would require very sophisticated ground avoidance radar.
They'll never think of sharks with 'lasers'..............
Who is piloting those things?
I think I could shoot one of those down with my kids BB gun...
How easy would it be to add a missle to this and use it against our ships.
Think outside the envelope asks: "How easy would it be to add a missle to this and use it against our ships."
Answer, exceedingly easy.
Uh...the existing missile threat to all shipping has absolutely NOTHING to do with these "flying boats". We DO realize that, don't we?
Where is the rubber band that winds them up?
I bet they have down-riggers that pop up out of the tail too!
Really... ? I mean REALLY? LEGO has better designs than this!