|Iran begins main stage of major aerial war game||
TEHRAN – The main stage of a major aerial war game began on Friday in the country’s airspace over the Persian Gulf with the participation of all air bases of the Iranian Air Force.
Fighter jets, bombers, transport planes, tanker aircraft, surveillance and reconnaissance planes, and unmanned aerial vehicles will take part in the main stage of the exercise that will take two days, the spokesman for the war game told reporters on Friday morning.
In the maneuvers, the latest achievements of the Iranian Air Force will be tested, Brigadier General Hossein Chitforoush said.
Fighter jets will practice flying long distance without refueling and will practice precision bombing, he added.
The domestically manufactured Sa’eqeh (thunderbolt) fighter jet is being used in the war game.
The Sa’eqeh is a single-seater fighter jet. It is the second generation of the Azarakhsh fighter. Sa’eqeh fighter planes were first tested successfully in September 2007. The Sa’eqeh is a joint product of the Air Force and the Defense Ministry.
The Fars News Agency reported on Friday that upgraded bombs had been successfully tested in the drill and that fighter jets had destroyed designated targets using laser-guided and precision-guided smart bombs.
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