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News number: 8801241358

19:19 | 2009-04-13

Defence

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Iran to Display 140 Military Planes in Giant Air Show

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Army Air Force plans to display 13 types of its operating aircrafts during military parades to be staged on the occasion the Army Day next week.



Iran is planning the largest air show in its history this month as a further demonstration of the Islamic republic's military might.

During the parades on April 18 where all units in the Iranian army are represented, the Air Force fleet will comprise 140 different aircrafts, including fighter jets, tactical and reconnaissance planes and tankers, the Iranian Air Force public relations office announced in a statement on Monday.

Aircrafts like F4, F5, F7, F14, Airborne Warning aircrafts, Saeqeh (Thunderbolt), Azaraqsh (Lightening), Suko 24, Mig 29, Booing 707 and 747, C130 and P3F will fly over the Iranian capital Tehran on the Arm Day.

Earlier in February Iranian Deputy Defense Minister General Ahmad Vahidi said that Iran will produce more modern military planes after its success in building 'Saeqeh' (Thunderbolt) and 'Azarakhsh' (Lightening) fighter jets.

"We have built some fighter jets, including Azarakhsh and Saeqeh, in our country that could fly and it is natural that we won't stop and will take the necessary steps for their development," Vahidi said.

Saeqeh, a joint product of the Iranian Air Force and the Defense Ministry, went on display as part of the Iranian air force's fleet during military parades on the Army Day last year.

Vahidi also announced that Iran has produced spy planes with the flying range of 1,000 km.