Army Starts Large-Scale Air Drills in Central Iran
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) is holding the main and eighth stage of its massive aerial drills in the country’s central province of Isfahan.
Second Brigadier General Angizeh, the spokesman of the drills, said the war game, codenamed Fadayeeyan Harim Velayat 8, is the eighth military drills of its kind being conducted by the IRIAF.
Noting that the IRIAF plans to test-fire all domestically made missiles, bombs and weapons during the aerial exercises, he said different types of bombers, large military transport aircraft, interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft, and patrol bombers are participating in the drill.
The goal, the commander said, is to boost firepower and the accuracy of the bombers and missiles in hitting both fixed and mobile targets.
The IRIAF’s fighter-bombers, including Saeghe (thunderbolt) and F-5, destroyed their stationary and moving targets on Thursday, according to Tasnim dispatches.
Iran’s Armed Forces hold routine military exercises throughout the year.
Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran’s defense capabilities will be never subject to negotiations.
Back in February 2018, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei called for efforts to maintain and boost Iran’s defense capabilities, hitting back at the enemies for disputing the country’s missile program.
“Without a moment of hesitation, the country must move to acquire whatever is necessary for defense, even if the whole world is opposed to it,” Ayatollah Khamenei said on February 18, 2018.