Iran F-14 fighter jets operating despite U.S. sanctions: commander

10:44, June 12, 2011      

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Top Iranian Air Force commander Aziz Nasirzadeh said Saturday the F-14 fighter jets of Iran's Air Force continue to operate despite Washington's sanctions and restrictions, the English language satellite Press TV reported.

"Although there exist restrictions and sanctions on Iran regarding the procurement of equipment in all sectors, these sanctions are double as severe when it comes to F-14 fighter jets because the aircraft was only used in the U.S. and Iran," said Nasirzadeh.

"Today, technicians at the Islamic Republic of Iran's Air Force do reverse engineering, and all parts required by this kind of fighter jet are made or upgraded inside the country and installed on the aircraft," he said.

Upgraded and improved, F-14 fighter jets in Iran are used for training and conduct tactical drills on a regular basis, said the commander.

Nasirzadeh said that local experts and technicians are capable of maintaining F-14 fighters as well as other aircraft of the Iranian Air Force.

On Saturday, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said that Iran's air defense is capable to ward off any aerial threats against the Islamic Republic, said Press TV.

Vahidi rejected Iran's vulnerability in aerial warfare and stressed "the armed forces are also proficient in the skies and our air defense capabilities suffice to defend the country," said the report.

"The enemies do not dare make threats," he was quoted as saying.

Source: Xinhua
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