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Commander Highlights Air Force's Capability to Defend Iran.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Republic Air Force General Aziz Nasirzadeh warned enemies to avoid aggression against Iran, saying the IRAF is fully prepared to give a crushing response to any possible attack.

"Our equipment and defense systems are still at the forefront of military equipment in the world and we will respond to enemies' possible aggression with full force," Nasirzadeh said.The Army official further pointed out that Iran has made significant progress in designing and creating electronic warfare systems.He also said in an interview with MNA that IRAF has successfully tested a new domestically-built unmanned stealth aircraft known as "Stingray."The Iranian commander also referred to the advanced fighters such as US military's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and F-22 Raptor and noted that the fighters were not flawless and could be targeted.The Iranian Air Force commander announced the country's plans to add might to its aerial combat capacities via the development of a new air-to-air missile.The Islamic Republic Air Force (IRAF) "is working on different projects including one which is a missile stronger than Phoenix missile, one of the best air-to-air missiles in the world," he added.The Iranian General made a reference to the active guidance mode of the new missile which enables it to travel longer distances compared with the conventional version of the Phoenix and enhances its navigation and maneuverability.The Iranian version of the AIM-54 Phoenix could be mounted in groups of six on IRAF's multi-function F-14 Tomcat interceptors.

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Date:Sep 14, 2010
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