News ID: 275764
Published: 0311 GMT October 20, 2020

Iran plans massive air defense drills

Iran plans massive air defense drills

Iran’s Air Defense units are going to stage a military exercise covering more than half of the country’s territories.

The joint air defense exercise, codenamed ‘Guardians of Velayat Sky-99’, wiil begin on Wednesday, the commander of the drills said, according to Tasnim News Agency.

The drills, involving air defense units from Iran’s Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), are aimed at boosting the combat preparedness and consolidate the air defense capabilities of the Armed Forces in simulated real-war conditions, General Qader Rahimzadeh said.

According to the commander, the upcoming drills will include various types of homegrown missile systems, radars, electronic warfare equipment, and communication systems countering aerial threats in low, medium and high altitudes.

Iran Air Force is planned to fly fighter jets, bombers and drones during the exercise, he added.

He added that the participating forces would also use a new generation of completely domestically-manufactured equipment and artillery and practice new air defense tactics acquired by constantly monitoring the enemies.

Iran’s Air Defense holds annual military maneuvers in order to enhance capabilities to defend the country’s airspace.

In 2018, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei underlined the important role that Iran’s Air Defense plays in protecting the country, saying it is on the frontline of countering enemies.

In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.

The Islamic Republic has conducted several military drills to enhance the defense capabilities of its Armed Forces and to test modern military tactics and equipment.

Iran says its military might poses no threat to other countries, stating that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.


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