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Aerial targets wiped out in Iran drills

Source: Press TV; photos by Farhadifar, ISNA

Iran's Armed Forces are continuing their five-day war games, code-named Defenders of Velayat Skies, targeting hypothetical enemy warplanes.

On day four of the military maneuvers that began on Tuesday, the Islamic Republic's anti-aircraft guns shot down the hypothetical enemy's warplanes.

The Iranian forces have so far successfully tested some new air defense systems during the military exercises, including a radar network that spots stealth aircraft.

Iran's senior military officials have also said the country has designed an air defense system which is an upgraded version of Russian-built S-200 air defense system. They say the new version is comparable to the more advanced S-300 system.

According to the spokesman for the military Drills, Brigadier General Hamid Arzhangi, the Mersad (Ambush) modern medium-range system is capable of spotting and destroying advanced aircraft at low and high altitudes.

In addition to its high mobility, Mersad's new generation can be used in electronic warfare and can be networked with other radar and defense systems, Arzhangi added.

The advanced system was test-operated on Thursday during the third day of the country's biggest ever nationwide aerial Drills.

Air defense units from Iran's Armed Forces and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) are taking part in the five-day air maneuvers.

The air maneuvers are being held near Iran's strategic sights and landmarks, aiming to assess the performance of new air defense systems and enhance rapid response capabilities in countering potential aerial attacks.

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