Commander: Iran to hold major air defense drill

Farzad Esmaili, commander of Iran's air defense force, says exercise to include fighter jets, simulate emergency situations.

By REUTERS
September 1, 2012 16:05
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IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS 370. (photo credit: Reuters)

DUBAI - Iran will hold a large-scale military drill involving all its air defense systems next month, an Iranian commander was quoted as saying on Saturday, one of a number of military simulations it has carried out this year.

The air defense drill will include fighter jets and simulate emergency situations, said Farzad Esmaili, commander of the Iranian army's air defense force, according to Iran's official English-language Press TV.

The drill will include both the army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Esmaili said, and follows a series of large-scale military simulations such as the

"The army air defense command's mission, with the development of the national defense mission and coordination between the armed forces, is to undertake appropriate operations against the threats of the enemies," he said, without mentioning any country by name.

Iran announced last month that it had tested a short-range missile with a new guidance system capable of striking land and sea targets.


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