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Iran stages offensive aerial war game

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

The initial stage of an offensive aerial war game, entitled 'Defenders of the Skies of Velayat 3', started on Tuesday in northwest Iran, announced Air Force deputy commander for air operations.

In the initial stage of the war game, Air Force planes will transport military personnel and equipment from nine air bases of the Air Force to the northwest of the country, where the main stages of the aerial maneuver will take place, Brigadier General Mohammad Alavi announced during a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

"During the ten-day war game, equipment, tactics, and ammunition of fighter jets will be tested in four stages," he said.

Iranian fighter jets, including Sa'eqeh (thunderbolt), will carry out hundreds of sorties during the war game and will drop high-tonnage smart and precision-guided bombs on mock targets.

Sa'eqeh is Iran's first domestically manufactured fighter

Sa'eqeh is a single-seater fighter jet. It is the second generation of Azarakhsh fighter. Sa'eqeh fighter planes were first tested successfully in September 2007. The Sa'eqeh is a joint product of the Iranian Air Force and the Defense Ministry.

Alavi added that Air Force transport planes will also carry out various operations including airlifting and carrying military equipment and airborne troops.

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