Iran Air Force to stage 2-day large-scale drills

Tehran

The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force is to stage maneuvers recruiting the service of all the bases under its command throughout the country.
The two-day drills, codenamed Fada’ian-e Harim-e Velayat 7 (Death-defying Defenders of Velayat’s Sanctuary) 7, are to begin on Tuesday.
Brigadier General Massoud Rouzkhosh, the spokesman for the drills, said on Monday that the Air Force’s Shahid Babayi Airbase in Iran’s central Isfahan Province would be playing the pivotal role among the bases.
Dozens of the Air Forces’ strategic Sukho-24, F-4, F-5, F-7, F-14, MiG-29, and Sa’egheh (Lightning bolt) fighter bombers would be participating in the maneuvers, alongside interceptor and refueling aircraft, and manned and unmanned reconnaissance planes, Boeing 707 and 747 cargo planes, and logistical aircraft.
The Air Force is to drill air-to-surface and surface-to-air firing, and test-fire highly-destructive air-to-air munitions, as well as to practice aerial fire control and surveillance.
The missiles to be used are of the laser-guided, television-guided, radar-guided, and thermal types.—Agencies

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