Senior officer: IAF prepared to carry out long-range ops

May 22, 2012 19:01

The Israel Air Force will know how to carry out long-range operations if ordered to do so by the government, deputy commander of the IAF Brig.-Gen. Hagai Topalansky said on Tuesday amid news reports that Iran was close to signing a deal with the West over its nuclear program.

Speaking at the Fischer Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies in Herziliya, Topalansky said that the IAF has developed long-range capabilities in recent years to confront various threats. "In the 1990s it was from Iraq and in the 2000s the threat was from Iran," he said.

"We have created long-range, relevant and significant capabilities that if the political echelon will decide to activate [we] will know how to activate," he said. "Regarding Iran, I think that it is discussed too much and is not the military's job to talk about it."

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