Joint IRGC-Artesh Air Defense Drills This Week
Iran said it would deal decisively with any foreign encroachment into its airspace. The warning came after the Pentagon confirmed media reports that two SU-25 fighter jets attached to IRGC-AF had fired on a U.S. MQ1 Predator drone on November 1 in the Persian Gulf. The aircraft was not hit.
“The defenders of the Islamic Republic will respond decisively to any form of encroachment by air, sea or on the ground,” said Brig. Gen. Massoud Jazayeri, a senior IRGC commander. “If any foreign aircraft attempts to enter our airspace our armed forces will deal with them,” he added. (Fars News Agency, 9 November)
Meanwhile, Iran has announced that it will conduct large-scale air defense drills, codenamed ‘Velayat 4,’ across several eastern provinces this week. Velayat 4 will be a joint exercise by the IRGC and the regular army, the Artesh, and will involve testing new radar and surveillance equipment.