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Iran said Wednesday that unidentified foreign planes violated its airspace six times as the country kicked off its biggest ever air defense drill but that the intruders were intercepted and forced back by Iranian jets.
Iran kicked off five days of air-defense war games Tuesday to display the country's capabilities in protecting its nuclear facilities from possible attack, state television reported.
Gen. Ahmad Mighani, head of an air force branch in charge of responding to threats to Iran's air space, said Tuesday the war games seek to "upgrade the combat preparedness" of the country's air defense system.
"These large-scale military maneuvers ... will further improve preparedness to confront possible threats to Iran's airspace and the very populated, vital landmarks and nuclear centers," Gen. Ahmad Mighani was quoted as saying by state TV.