News ID: 317289
Published: 1021 GMT October 21, 2021

Iran’s Air Force starts nation-wide drills

Iran’s Air Force starts nation-wide drills

The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) began the main phase of its nation-wide drills codenamed Fada’eeyan-e Harim-e Velayat,” (Devotees of the Velayat Sanctuary) on Thursday.

The one-day military exercise kicked off with the participation of the airbases in five different provinces, featuring a variety of military aircraft.

According to Chief Commander of Iran’s Army Air Force Brigadier General Hamid Vahedi, this is the first time that the Air Force drills are being held in a decentralized form and with the participation of all bases of the Army Air Force, Mehr News Agency reported.

He added that the drills are focused on the airbase of Shahid Babaei, in the central province of Isfahan; Shahid Yasini, in the southern province of Bushehr; Shahid Abdolkarimi in the southern province of Hormuzgan; Vahdati in the southwestern province of Khuzestan; and the Shahid Fakouri airbase in the northwestern province of East Azarbaijan.

The military exercise is under the direct command of Army Air Force Headquarters that will communicate directly with pilots in fighter jets to carry out their mission in the best possible form, determining the targets from the Command post, General Vahedi said.

He added that in the first phase of today’s drills, shooting against air targets with high speed and in various altitudes, as well as the air-to-ground bombardment were practiced using smart, indigenous and upgraded heavy and semi-heavy bombs, laser missiles, thermal television, radar and various rockets, and bombs produced by young Iranian experts.

The main phase and operational stage of the10th Air Force drills started in the presence of Commander-in-Chief of Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Deputy Commander of Armed Forces and a number of senior commanders and officials of Khatam al-Anbia Central Headquarters.

On Wednesday, General Vahedi announced that a wide range of aircraft and drones, including dozens of fighter jets, bombers, as well as military transport and reconnaissance aircraft will be employed in the main phase of the one-day drills, Press TV wrote.

He said the drilling squadrons would be flying Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft, long-range supersonic F-4 fighter bombers, F-5 fighter aircraft, F-7 fighter jets, RF-4 fighter bombers, Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter jets, F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft, as well as domestically-made Sa’eqeh (Lightning) fighters during the exercise.

The military commander added that the aerial maneuvers would be backed by Boeing-707 and 747 aerial refueling airplanes, transport and freight aircraft, in addition to homemade Karrar (Striker), Kian, Ababil (Bird Flock), Arash, and Kaman-12 (Bow-12) unmanned aerial vehicles that are equipped with rockets, precision-guided missiles, long-range smart bombs and radar jamming devices.

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