Iran Unveils its First Underground Air Base

FNA IRNA09.02.2023 Asia
Iran Unveils its First Underground Air Base

Iran Unveils its First Underground Air Base

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Iran’s Army on Tuesday unveiled a strategic subterranean base called “Eagle 44” which could be used as a center for military operations of various types of fighter jets, bombers as well as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri and Commander of the Iranian Army Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi visited the first Iranian Army’s underground air force base, which is capable of accepting and operating various types of warplanes, bombers and drones.

The subterranean base will also have the ability to receive and operationally use the new fighters of the Iranian Army Air Force and prepare them for missions, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.

It consists of various sections, such as an alert area, command post, warplane hangars, repair and maintenance center, navigation and airport equipment, and fuel tanks.

The underground bases accommodate jets in safe locations and furnish the planes with electronic warfare systems and various bombs and missiles, which allow for standoff aerial operations and extend the strategic range of attacks against remote targets.

The Iranian Armed Forces have constructed underground bases over the recent decades. The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has built the first ever underground base or city to protect its missile units. Back in late May, Tehran showed off an underground drone base where a range of advanced UAVs were housed and operated for potential combat and other missions. 



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