Report: Iran to hold week-long air maneuver over Persian Gulf 2009-06-12 00:30:32   Print

    TEHRAN, June 11 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Air Force is slated to hold a week-long maneuver to test its mastery in low-altitude flight operations and bombing tactics in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman, Iran's satellite channel Press TV reported Thursday.

    The aerial drill, named "Milad-e Nour-e Velayat," will involve Iranian fighter jets and interceptor aircraft to perform combat operations over a distance of 3,000 kilometers in four stages, the report said.

    Iranian Air Force Deputy Commander Mohsen Darrebaqi said that Iran's home-made Saegheh fighters and Russian-made Sukhoi-24 jets will "stage tactical operations to test new ammunition and hone their defensive capabilities" in the maneuver, which will begin in the coming weeks.

    "The message of the Milad-e Nour-e Velayat drill is peace, friendship and determination to safeguard regional security," Darrebaqi said.

    The Iranian maneuver, one of some conducted in the past few months, comes amid growing speculations of a possible Israeli attack against the country, Press TV said.

    Israeli air force conducted an exercise in mid-May, which simulated missile attacks on Israeli cities from countries including Iran and Syria.

    Israel's daily Ha'aretz quoted Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak as saying that the drill conducted by his country's military helped show Israel's preparedness for regional war conditions.

    It revealed how well Israel could defend itself on multiple fronts should war break out with regional powers such as Iran and Syria, Barak said.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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