TEHRAN, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- The fighter jets of Iranian air force destroyed fixed and moving targets "successfully" both on land and in the sea on the second day of ongoing air drills in the Persian Gulf region, semi-official Fars news agency reported Saturday.
The fighter jets fulfilled air tracking missions and practiced air-to-surface shootings against specified targets and positions till late Friday night. Also, they hit their targets in long-range distances on Saturday morning, the drill's spokesman Brigadier General Hossein Chitforoush was quoted as saying.
The strategic Sukhoi-24 (SU-24) fighter-bombers, carrying optimized high-precision missiles built by Iranian experts, as well as the F-5, Mirage and Saeqeh (Thunderbolt) fighter jets participated in the operation, he added.
On Friday, Iran's air force started military drills over the Persian Gulf.
The two-day exercise, codenamed Fadaian-e Harim-e Velayat 4 ( Defenders of Velayat Sanctuary 4), is part of annual exercises aimed at testing indigenous air defense systems, improving the units' combat readiness and displaying the country's military might and achievements, Deputy Commander of Iran's air force Brigadier General Alireza Barkhor said.
Air-to-air combat and targeting flying objects form the " technical core" of the drill in which different types of fighters, transport aircraft and reconnaissance planes would partake, he was quoted as saying.
Iran to hold military drills in Persian Gulf
TEHRAN, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Iran's air force will start military drills over the Persian Gulf on Friday, local media reported on Thursday.
Deputy Commander of Iran's air force Brigadier General Alireza Barkhor told reporters on Thursday that units from all air force bases are taking part in the drill, according to Press TV. Full story