Iran's state-run Fars news agency reported Wednesday that Iran's fleet of fighter jets has been equipped with new technology that allows them to "detect and intercept all incoming missiles."
The announcement, made by the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF), came just days after former US Vice President Dick Cheney said he was convinced Israel would strike the Islamic Republic's nuclear program if Jerusalem becomes convinced it poses an existential threat.
Iran has repeatedly rattled its sabers at the west, touting ariel defense systems, as a means of covering concerns voiced by its officials that its nuclear program, feared by the West to harbor military aspirations, may be attacked.
Iran denies the allegations, but International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors have complained Iran routinely obstructs them from entering its nuclear sites, has sought technical information and has sought information unique to nuclear weapons in the past.
Tehran's current 10-day air-defense drill, dubbed "Fadaeeyan-e Harim-e Vellayat III" ("those sacrificing themselves for the homeland 3"), has been described a propaganda maneuver intended to ward off threats to its newly activated Bushehr reactor.
The exercise also saw the IRIAF test other advanced weapons systems, including various air-to-surface and air-to-air missiles, as well as what has been called "super-heavy smart bombs,"
Air Force Commander Brig-Gen Hossein Chitforoush confirmed that an Iranian F-4 bomber had fired Qassed smart bombs, successfully hitting its targets, Fars reported
The 2000-pound smart bombs are said to posses a range of 40km, as well as smart guidance system.
Chitforoush also confirmed the successful test fire air-to-surface and air-to-air missiles. The Iranian made Saeqeh fighter jets also enjoys a successful test-run.
Iran's aerial exercise encompasses its entire fleet of fighter jets, bombers, cargo and transportation planes, including F-4, F-5, Sukhoi SU-24 bombers, Mig-29 jets and C-130 planes, as well as their own Saeqeh fighter jets.