Thursday, October 7, 2010
Iran’s new flying boats are combat ready
Iran's state TV said the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard has received its first three squadrons of radar-evading flying boats. The development comes after Iran in 2009 said it had successfully tested the domestically made craft. A flying boat is a fixed-winged seaplane with a hull that allows it to land on water. It's part of Tehran's efforts to boost its arsenal and military capabilities despite international sanctions over the country's controversial nuclear programme. They can fly in a very low altitude close to water with high speed, General Ahmad Vahidi, Iran's Defence Minister said. Iran's military achievements cannot be independently verified. The state TV broadcast footage of the craft in operation in the air and sea. Tuesday's report said the plane, dubbed Bavar-2 or Confidence-2, can be used for surveillance.
It can also carry guns and transmit data.