The Imperial Iranian Air Force (IIAF) has planned a major air exercise to demonstrate its air power and boost the combat strength of its different air force units.

Air bases in Mehrabad (Tehran), Tabriz, Hamedan, Dezfoul, Bushehr, Bandar Abbas, Shiraz and Isfahan will take part in the exercise called Fada’eyan-e Harreem-e Vellayat from 31 July 2010 to 7 August 2010.

IIAF’s 43 fighter jets and warplanes including F-4, F-5, F-7 and Sukhoi SU-24 fighter-bombers, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) will take part in the exercise, according to FARS News Agency.

The exercise will include test firing of all aircraft at different air-to-surface ammunitions and night bombing operations by F-7 and Sukhoi 24 aircraft for the first time.

During the drill, the air force also plans to practice refuelling operations in a bid to exercise long-distance flights by its F-4 and Sukhoi 24 jets.