The Iranian Air Force embarked on a massive 10-day exercise on Tuesday, the Fars news agency reported.
According to the report, The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) will hold extensive combat maneuvers in the country's northwestern regions.
The exercise, which was first announced in August, is expected to peak on Saturday.
“The aerial exercise is held annually. It is fully domestic, and like in previous drills no other country will be participating in it,” Air Force Commander Brigadier-General Aziz Nasirzadeh told Press TV.
Iranian missile test (Archives: AFP)
Earlier reports regarding the drill suggested that it would be a joint exercise for Iran
and several other countries.
“The exercise will feature all of the Air Force and Army's combat aircrafts," Nasirzadeh added.
The maneuvers were announced in a joint press conference by Iranian Air Force Deputy Commanders Mohsen Darebaqi and Mohammad Alavi and General Hossein Chitforoush, the drill's spokesman.
The exercise, dubbed "Fadaeeyan-e Harim-e Vellayat III" ("those sacrificing themselves for the homeland 3") will see the use of jets, aviation equipment, ammunitions and aerial tactics, in four phases across 10 days.
Iran will deploy fighter jets, fighter bombers, cargo and transportation planes, including F-4, F-5, Sukhoi SU-24 fighter-bombers, Mig-29 and the logistic C-130 planes as part of the exercises.
In June, Iran's Revolutionary Guards held extensive war games – "Great Prophet-6" – which included the testing of various ballistic missiles.