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.
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
not mentioning PGMs is a casual mistake? or a censorship?
It’s nice to see examples of the phantom et al. Pity that if they went up against the Americans, they would likely join their ‘brothers’ in being splashed all over the airspace!
And notice that the writing is written in English instead of Farsi. Gosh, it’s almost like it’s propaganda aimed at us but Iran is such an advanced and proud country that they’d never feel the need to do that!
To author: I don’t see any F-5’s in these photos. From the top, there’s an F-4, Su-24 and a Saegheh