Interesting photos from Iran’s latest war games

On Dec. 20, Iran’s air force started a military exercise in the Persian Gulf region.

Codenamed Fadaian-e Harim-e Velayat 4 (Defenders of Velayat Sanctuary 4), was a two-day exercise part of annual drills aimed at testing indigenous air defense systems, improving the front line’s combat readiness and displaying the country’s latest military achievements.


The exercise featured live firing against air and surface fixed and moving targets that, needless to say, were “successfully hit” and destroyed according to local media outlets. Transport and reconnaissance missions were also part of the drills.

Mirage F1

Based on the information and images posted by both the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) and IRNA news agency, F-4E Phantom, Mirage F-1, Saeqeh, F-5 and Su-24 aircraft took part in the operation.


Image credit: IRIAF, IRNA



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