Iran expands air fleet with new fighters

span id=”ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_lblBody” style=”font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;”The General Manager of Iran’s Aviation Industry Organization in the Defense Ministry, Majid Hedayat, said Wednesday that the organization would soon launch a mass production line for the new fighter jets.br / br /”The new generation of Saeqeh fighters are equipped with additional facilities and capabilities,” Fars News Agency quoted Hedayat as saying.br /br /Iran test flied the first generation of the home-manufactured ‘Saeqeh’ fighter jets in September 2007.br /br /Hedayat added that Iranian experts have also produced other military planes, which would later join the Air Force squadron for naval patrolling purposes.br /br /The report of Iran’s military enhancement comes as earlier in July the country’s Air Force chief, Brigadier General Ahmad Miqani, announced that the Islamic Republic had produced radar-evading ‘stealth’ fighter jets.br / br /In response to Israeli war rhetoric, Iran has launched a campaign for military self-sufficiency. br /br /In preparation for a possible Israeli attack, the Islamic Republic has revamped its fighter jet fleet to fly distances of 3,000 kilometers without refueling.br /br /The upgrade would allow Iranian aircraft to fly to Israel and back without the need to refuel.br /br /The Iranian Armed Forces have also been holding military exercises on a regular basis after Israel conducted an air maneuver over the Eastern Mediterranean and Greece in early June, which according to Pentagon officials, appeared to be a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. /span

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