Wednesday, September 3, 2008

IRIAF Wargames during Ramadan

From Yahoo News:
The Iranian air force will hold wargames during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began in Iran on Tuesday, a military commander said.

"Large wargames of the armed forces' air force will be held in the blessed month of Ramadan," said Iran's armed forces commander-in-chief, Brigadier-General Ataollah Salehi, Fars News Agency reported.

The start of Ramadan can differ from country to country because it is based on the lunar calendar.

Salehi was speaking at a ceremony for the armed forces' new air force chief, Brigadier-General Hassah Shah-Safi.

Update: From Press TV:
Commander of Iran's Army says the country's Air Force will be equipped with domestically-manufactured jet fighters within a few months.

"Iran has made great achievements in manufacturing anti-aircraft missiles and various jet fighters over the past two years," Major General Ataollah Salehi told reporters Tuesday.

He added that the Islamic Republic currently enjoys technical capabilities that perhaps no other country in the region has.

According to the commander, the Air Force will hold the maneuver Modafean-e Aseman (Defenders of Sky) during the holy month of Ramadan.

Maj. Gen. Salehi pointed out that only a part of Iran's capabilities would be displayed during the maneuvers.

An Iranian Air Force commander, Brigadier General Ahmad Miqani, had earlier said that Iran has revamped its fighter jet fleet to fly distances of 3,000 kilometers without refueling, a measure aimed at improving the country's defense capabilities.

Although Brig. Gen. Miqani did not elaborate on the process, it has been suggested that external fuel tanks, attached to the wings or fuselage, could provide the extra fuel.

Iran announced in July that it had started producing radar-evading stealth aircraft as well as overhauling F-14 fighter jets.

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