Iran warns spy planes, ahead of its large-scale military drill
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 22
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran has warned several "trans-regional" spy planes to stay away from Iranian airspace, ahead of holding a large-scale military exercise, the Islamic Republic's Tasnim news agency reported Dec. 22.
"Iran warned several spy planes related to trans-regional powers which were operating near the country's flight information region (FIR) on Dec.21-22," the deputy commander and spokesperson for the country's Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Shahrokh Shahram said.
Shahram said that some of the warned planes were U-2 spy plane.
Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli, commander of the Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base said early in December that Iran has warned an American spying U-2 plane.
The US surveillance plane altered its flight path after Iran's air defense missiles locked onto it, according to Iran's top air defense commander.
Although the U-2 is nearly 60 years old, it has been updated and redesigned and is still routinely used by the US for surveillance.
Iran will hold a widespread military drill dubbed "Mohammad Rasulullah" from Dec. 25 to Dec. 31, 2014.
The exercises will be held in an area of 2.2 million square kilometers and will involve the navy, air forces, land forces of Iran army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
Umid Niayesh is Trend Agency's staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @UmidNiayesh