TEHERAN – The deputy commander of the Iranian Air Force has stated that his armed forces are always ready to defend the country, warning that they will provide a devastating response to any threat.
Brigadier General Mehdi Hadian made the remarks on Sunday in front of a group of commanders and high-ranking generals.
“The Iranian Army’s air force has been banned from arrogant regimes for 43 years, but its fighter jets are doing the job of maintaining the security of the Islamic Republic of Iran and defending the country’s airspace as best as possible,” he said.
He continued, “The Air Force has been able to perform all of its assigned duties and responsibilities to the best of its ability, relying on its own capabilities, which is a testament to its internal capabilities and efficient and capable human cadres.”
He described the Iranian Army’s Air Force as a supporter of the leadership and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran, constantly ready to defend the country and reacting destructively to any threat.
The statements came at a time when the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was conducting the first launch of precision and medium-range cruise missiles from a warship and airborne drone operations during a military exercise codenamed “Great Prophet 17”.
Two senior Iranian generals announced that the latest military exercise by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was aimed at responding to brazen Israeli threats against Iran.
In statements made in the final phase of the exercise, the Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri and IRGC Commander Major General Hossein Salami made it clear on Friday who the exercise is intended to deter: Israel.
General Salami stressed that the missile portion of the exercise contained “very clear and obvious messages” and said, “The message of this exercise is a serious, genuine and on-the-spot warning to threats from Zionist regime officials that they are not being careful should make mistakes and mistakes and if they make mistakes we will cut off their hands. “
The IRGC Commander in Chief said the difference between the actual operation and the IRGC’s missile exercise was only in changing the launch angles of the missile. “Therefore enemies must pay attention to their words,” said the general.
General Bagheri further heightened the warning by suggesting that Iran had hastened the timing of the exercise due to the Israeli clamor against Iran. “This exercise was planned in advance, but the many still empty threats from the leaders of the Zionist regime” [Israel] arranged for the exercise to take place at that time, and thankfully it was one of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s most successful missile exercises to date, â€he said.
General Bagheri stressed that such threats were unacceptable to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The Great Prophet 17 exercise was conducted along the southern shores of the country on December 29th and lasted until December 24th. Various forces from the IRGC were involved in it, including the aerospace forces and the cyber-electronics division.