Army, IRGC hold joint aerial drills in Persian Gulf, Sea of Oman
The air forces of Army and Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) have started joint aerials drills in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
The drills came on the eve of the Holy Defense Week which would start on Saturday. The Holy Defense Week is an annual event meant to honor eight years of resistance against the invading forces of former Iraqi dictator Saddam who launched a war on Iran from September 22, 1980 to August 20, 1988.
Twenty-six military aircraft, including F-4s, Sukhoi-22s, and Tucanos, as well as five helicopter gunships, including Chinooks, would be flown during the drills, said the Army's Information and Public Relations' Deputy, Colonel Yousuf Safipour, IRNA reported.
The military official said the event was used to showcase the country's power, saying, "Should the enemies and the global arrogance covet the Islamic country's territory, they would be served with a crushing response within a fraction of a second."
The exercises, however, also aim at sending across a message of peace and friendship to friendly and neighboring countries.
'Iran's regional superiority'
Speaking on the sidelines of the drills, Brigadier General Amir Vahedi, the deputy commander of the Army's Air Force, asserted that the country had displayed its superiority to the entire world during years of war with Iraq.
"Currently, no country in the region is capable of confronting us at all. We are strong defenders in the face of aggressors, and will make aggressors regret their incursion," he asserted.
He hailed the state-of-the-art and indigenous quality of the entire equipment used by the country's defense forces.
Vahedi also noted that despite the enemies' desire to create division between the Army and the IRGC, the forces maintained optimal coordination and synergy with one another in ensuring the security of the country and its people.