Iran to hold week-long aerial maneuvers

07:49, July 27, 2010      

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Senior Iranian Air Force Commander Mohammad Alavi said on Monday Iran plans to hold week-long military drills in the Islamic republic's western Hamadan province from July 31 to August 7, local media reported.

"The drills will for the first time include overnight bombing exercises by F-4 Phantom fighter jets and Sukhoi 24," the semi- official Mehr News Agency quoted Alavi as saying.

The drills dubbed "Fadaian-e Harim-e Velayat 2" will test Iran' s homemade radar-evading reconnaissance drone, Pehpad, said local satellite channel Press TV.

Earlier this month, Air Force Deputy Operations Commander Majid Pirhadi announced that the military plans to equip all border bases with Pehpad drones in order to strengthen their defenses.

Since April, the Iranian military and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps have conducted a number of war games in the country's southern waters.

Source: Xinhua


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