The Iranian air force will hold wargames during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began in Iran on Tuesday, a military commander said.
"Large wargames of the armed forces' air force will be continued in the blessed month of Ramadan," said Iran's armed forces commander-in-chief, Brigadier-General Ataollah Salehi, Fars News Agency reported.
The start of Ramadan can differ from country to country because it is based on the lunar calendar.
Salehi was speaking at a ceremony for the armed forces' new air force chief, Brigadier-General Hassah Shah-Safi.
"We have had leaps in the field of air defence and aviation in the past two years ... We hope to show to the public a number of locally manufactured warplanes in the current year," Salehi said, IRNA news agency reported. Iran's year ends in March.
Iran is estimated to have 280 combat aircraft, including Russian-made MiG 29 aircrafts, although only 80 percent or less may be operational, military analysts say.
According to IRNA, when Salehi was asked about the "negative propaganda" about reports Iran had bought the S-300, he said:
"A long range air defence capability is needed by all countries of the region. All countries of the region are feeling threats from outside the region."
Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Eylül 2008, 17:04