Iran to hold largest-ever air parade

Air Force Chief: One hundred and forty aircrafts to participate in the show.

ahmadinejad vote 224 (photo credit: AP)
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Iran will mark Iranian Army Day on Thursday with a massive air parade, the largest in its history. One hundred and forty aircrafts will participate in the show, Air Force Chief Muhammad 'Alavi told local reporters. Among the aircraft will be the MIG-29, Sukhoi, F14, aerial refueling aircrafts, interceptors and passenger planes (Boeing 707 and 747). The air parade aims to reveal the power of the Iranian armed forces to defend their homeland, added 'Alavi. 'Alavi also stated that Iran would increase its military power as part of its efforts to "maintain security in the region." Israel and Iran have recently exchanged harsh warnings, the latest of which came from second-in-command of the Iranian army, Brig.-Gen. Muhammad Reza Ashtiani. Ashtiani downplayed the possibility of an Israeli threat to Iran, warning Israel would be "wiped off the global arena" if it attacked his country. Ashtiani described Israel's geographical location as "easily accessible."