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News number: 8901181394

16:57 | 2010-04-07

Defence

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Iran Boosts Air Defense Preparedness

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian commander on Wednesday said that the country's air defense unit has promoted the level of its combat preparedness throughout the country during the last Iranian year (ended March 20).



"The Air defense base started an extraordinary movement and change in the year 1388 (March 20, 2009-March 20, 2010) in line with its mission in an effort to enhance its combat preparedness, defense and capability," Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Ahmad Miqani announced on Wednesday.

He said that the unit was able to stretch its bases to different parts of Iran, and fortify the defense in sensitive and vital areas.

The commander stressed that the unit has achieved all its specified goals last year.

"Also massive optimization of equipments and creating new capabilities have resulted in the creation of abundant opportunities in providing national security," Miqani said.

In November, Lieutenant Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia air defense base General Seyed Reza Taheri told FNA that Iran has successfully increased the speed and range of its air defense systems.

"The air defense systems' operational speed and range have been promoted thanks to the attempts made by our country's experts. We are witnessing a jump in this field when considering the previous models," the Commander said.

Also in November, the Iranian Army staged wargames in the western and central parts of the country which aimed to enhance preparedness of nuclear sites' air defense units for confrontation against possible enemy attacks.

The drill was being held in an area of 600,000 square kilometers and in addition to Iran's army and Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), Basij (volunteer) forces and the police also took part in it.