The Iranian Air Force's military drills codenamed “Fadaeeyan-e Harim-e Velayat-5” kicked off in the Province of Isfahan in Central Iran on Saturday, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
A variety of Air Force fighter jets, fighter bombers, transport planes, reconnaissance aircraft and refueling planes took part in the military maneuvers.
Reconnaissance drones also took part in identifying the region and enemy targets, and military commanders prepared their plans for the drills on the basis of the data gathered by the reconnaissance drones.
Brigadier General Massoud Rouzkhosh, spokesman of the Fadaeeyan-e Harim-e Velayat-5, said that Sokhoi 24 (photo) with long-range operations capabilities, F4, F5, F7, Mig 29 and F14 aircraft as well as Boeings 707 and 747 and different types of drones and C130 transport planes took part in the exercises.
On Friday, Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Air Force Brigadier General Alireza Barkhor said that the Air Force would use different types of fighter jets and UAVs in “Fadaeeyan-e Harim-e Velyat-5” drills.
“The exercises will be held tomorrow in Isfahan and all fighter jets, bomber jets, transport planes, reconnaissance aircraft, refueling planes and different kinds of drones will take part in these wargames,” Brigadier General Barkhor said on Friday.
He noted that the preliminary stage of the Air Force drills has already started with participation of F4, F5, F14, F7, Sokhoi 24, Mig 29, C 130, Boeings 707 and 747, Saeqeh and different types of drones.
“These wargames have been planned for three stages; the first stage deals with reconnaissance, receiving and transferring intelligence during which the young and brave pilots of the Air Force will use their fighter jets and drones in different parts of the wargames zone round the clock to identify the specified targets,” Brigadier General Barkhor said.
And in the second stage of the military drills, the identified targets will be hit and the third stage of the maneuvers will focus on passive Air Defense.
Barkhor mentioned air combat and destroying targets in the air and on the ground as the main and outstanding features of Fadaeeyan-e Harim-e Veletayat-5 wargames.
“The Air Force, alongside other Iranian Armed Forces, is tasked with defending and protecting the country's airspace, but it has the message of security, stability, friendship and peace for the regional countries,” he added.
He pointed out that the goal of the Air Force maneuvers is boosting the skills of its commanders, conducting operations in simulated combat zone, updating systems and testing defense achievements and also displaying the combat might of the Iranian Armed Forces.