Armed Forces, IRGC to launch five-day air exercise

November 22, 2009

TEHRAN - The Armed Forces and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps will launch a joint air exercise today, the commander of the Iranian Air Force announced on Saturday.

The military drill, entitled Defenders of the Sky of Velayat, will be conducted over a vast area in the northwest, west, south, and southwest of Iran and will last for five days, Brigadier General Ahmad Miqani told reporters.
The maneuver is being conducted to enhance Iran’s aerial defenses against any potential attack, particularly on the country’s nuclear plants, the Mehr News Agency reported.
Miqani also said Iran is fully aware of the enemies’ military capabilities, adding, “We are completely capable of analyzing the data as well.”
And Iran will shoot down any enemy aircraft that enters the country’s air space, he noted.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Miqani urged Russia to fulfill its commitment to deliver the S-300 missile system to Iran, saying it should not be influenced by Israel.
“I… want the Russians not to be influenced by the Zionists since Russia and Iran have joint interests. Therefore, it is essential that this country does not come under the Zionist regime’s influence.”
“We want Russia to deliver the S-300 missiles to Iran as soon as possible,” he added.
The S-300 system, which can track targets and fire at aircraft 120 kilometers (75 miles) away, features high jamming immunity and is able to simultaneously engage up to 100 targets.
The truck-mounted S-300PMU1, known in the West as the SA-20, can shoot down cruise missiles and aircraft. It can fire at targets up to 150 km (90 miles) away and travel at more than two km per second