Spy Planes Deterred From Entering Iran Airspace

Spy Planes Deterred From Entering Iran AirspaceSpy Planes Deterred From Entering Iran Airspace

No spy aircraft is able to enter Iranian airspace, as the country's Air Defense Base constantly monitors the skies nationwide, particularly over southern waters, a senior commander said.

Speaking on Friday, Lieutenant General Abdollah Reshadi said, "[Our] radar coverage of the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman detects aerial crossing by [reconnaissance] aircraft," Press TV reported.

"They [the aircraft], however, do not enter our country's [airspace]. The planes are on spying missions, but do not dare overfly our country. We detect any flying activity in time and give a tactical response in less than two minutes."

Recounting some of the operations of Air Defense Base, he referred to its role in the 2010 capture of terrorist ringleader Abdolmalek Rigi, when it forced the aircraft belonging to NATO's International Security Assistance Force to land in the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas before potentially overflying the country.

During another service in January, Reshadi said the base warned away three F-16 warplanes, which sought to enable through diversionary operation the escape of a group of American sailors who had illegally entered Iranian territorial waters and were subsequently arrested by Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps. Late last month, it was reported that the Air Defense Base had warned off a US radar-evading unmanned aerial vehicle seeking to violate Iranian airspace. The US spy drone had sought to cross into Iran through the eastern border from neighboring Afghanistan, Tasnim News Agency reported on August 29.

However, it was immediately detected and forced to leave the area after a "timely and stern" warning by the Air Defense Base.