Undeterred by US sanctions, Iran puts latest air defense gear to test in massive drill

November 5, 2018


Dubbed the Defenders of Velayat Skies 2018, the two-day drills kicked off on Monday and will feature joint operations by the Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s Aerospace Force and the Iranian Air Force, which is the aviation branch of Iran’s Army.

Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, the deputy commander of the Iranian Army for coordination who also presides over the drills’ board of commanders, told a media briefing that the military exercises will cover an area of around 500,000 square kilometers in the country’s northern, western, eastern and central regions.

Sayyari said all of the air defense systems and equipment used in the exercises were designed and developed by Iranian experts.

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