Iran brought down two spy planes over Persian Gulf: general

January 3, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN – IRGC Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh has announced that the Iranian military forces have brought down two foreign spy planes over the Persian Gulf, not mentioning the exact date and location of the events.

“They (Westerners) have made limited aggressions against the country and we have shot down a number of their highly advanced spy planes so far. For example, we have brought down two spy planes over the Persian Gulf,” Hajizadeh, an IRGC Aerospace Force commander, told the Payam-e Enqelab publication, a periodical owned by the IRGC.
“We have constant clashes with the enemy’s surveillance and reconnaissance aircrafts,” Hajizadeh said in the interview published on Sunday.
The commander also said the Iranian experts have reverse engineered and manufactured some of the planes that have been shot down.
Hajizadeh added that the aircrafts operated by IRGC carry out regular reconnaissance and surveillance missions over the Persian Gulf waters and the country’s border areas.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the IRGC official elaborated on Iran’s military and missile capabilities.
Iran is currently able to build various kinds of short-range and long-range missiles, even missiles with a range of 2000 km.
“Today, our missile bases are spread out across the country, and these missiles have been deployed in a way that if the enemy clashes with us, the number of the missiles we fire at them will increase day by day,” he said.
He added that Iran has made major achievements in the production of various defense systems and military equipment like fighter jets, helicopters, radars, anti-aircraft, air defense, anti-cruise missile systems, and electronic warfare equipment.