IRIAF Wraps Up Successful Massive Wargames
- December, 21, 2013 - 15:48
- Defense news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) units successfully completed large-scale exercises in the country’s southern regions on Saturday and accomplished all they had set out to do, the spokesman for the air maneuvers said.
General Hossein Chitforoush announced on Saturday that the massive wargames, codenamed Fadaeeyan-e Harim-e Velayat 4 (Devotees of Velayat Airspace 4), which started on Thursday, have come to an end, noting that the military exercises achieved all their purposes.
The just-concluded wargames over the Persian Gulf were the fourth such military drills conducted by the IRIAF.
Units from all IRIAF bases participated in the three-phase drills. The maneuvers were part of annual exercises aimed at testing indigenous air defense systems, improving the units’ combat readiness and displaying the country’s military might and achievements.
According to General Chitforoush, the first part of the three-day wargames involved reconnaissance missions and gathering information about combat operations, while the second part was regarded as the main phase of the drills and included combat operations.
The third section, he added, involved deployment of units and supplies and return of airborne units to their bases.
“During the massive wargames, different types of smart, guided, light and heavy rockets and bombs, optimized communication systems, indigenous combat equipment produced by the units of the armed forces’ self-sufficiency jihad, as well as new achievements in aerial combat were tested in operation,” Chitforoush added.
Earlier in the day, the spokesman had announced that the strategic Sukhoi Su-24 fighter-bombers along with F-4 Phantom combat planes of the IRIAF accomplished all the tasks they were set to do during the second day of the main phase of large-scale wargames.
As regards the main phase, General Chitforoush had also noted that the F-5 fighter aircraft, the Mirage and the Saeqeh (Thunderbolt) fighters managed to carry out operations including aerial interception and air-to-ground shooting at predefined targets until midnight Saturday.
Tens of various types of interceptor fighter jets, fighter-bombers, heavy and semi-heavy transport aircraft, tanker aircraft (used for aerial refueling), reconnaissance planes, maritime patrol aircraft, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) carried out the drills for three days.