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08/19/11

Iran to Stage Joint Regional Air Drills Soon

Source: Fars News Agency

A senior Iranian Air Force commander announced that the country plans to stage massive joint regional air drills later this summer.

Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh told FNA that the IRIAF will hold a joint aerial drill with a regional country in September, marking its first international war game.

Nasirzadeh said on Wednesday that the war game would most likely be held in the second half of Shahivar --Iranian calendar month starting August 23 -- once the necessary requirements are completed, told Fars news agency on Wednesday.

The Iranian commander did not reveal the name of the country scheduled to participate in the aerial exercises, but highlighted the regional and international significance of the drills.

"Holding any war game indicates the force's prowess and readiness to achieve pre-determined objectives," he said.

Iran has recently made good progress in the air industry and has succeeded in gaining the technical know-how for producing stealth aircraft and drones.

Iran successfully tested a home-made radar-evading UAV with bombing capabilities in June. Also in 2008, the country's Defense Industries launched production lines of two well-known home-made fighter jets, namely Saeqeh (Thunderbolt) and Azarakhsh (Lightening).

Tehran launched an arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and fighter planes.

Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.

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