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"The three warplanes, of F-18 Hornets and F-16 Tomcats types...
as posted by onlyinmydreams
And, yes, we all know that an F-14 is a Tomcat, not a falcon. However I doubt that most Iranian reporters will know that... and this story supposedly came from Iran.
The United States in the late 1970s supplied F-14's to Iran, only to have them fall into the hands of the Islamic Republic of Iran after the 1979 revolution. From that point forward, Iran used the fighter primarily as an airborne radar controller, escorted and protected by other fighters.
Tehran, Dec 25, IRNA -- Iran`s Air Force has been ordered to open fire
and shoot down any unidentified aircraft violating its air space, the
press on Saturday quoted Air Force chief Brigadier Karim Qavami as
"Given that the intrusion of enemy aircraft over Iran`s air space
is possible, all fighter jets of the country have been ordered by the
Army chief to shoot them down in the event of sighting them," the
daily Kayhan quoted Qavami as saying.
The Air Force chief stressed that `any flight (within Iranian air
space) must be coordinated, or else it will be targeted`, the daily
Iran has been wary of the occupation forces` presence on its
doorsteps in Iraq and have had their movements under close scrutiny.
In August, press reports said that five US warplanes had entered
Iran`s air space from the southwestern Shalamcheh border and flown
over the city of Khorramshahr.
According the Persian daily Seday-e Edalat, `the jet fighters
which flew at high speed and altitude, then headed to the Arvand
TEHRAN: Iran’s air force has been ordered to shoot down any unidentified or suspicious flying objects in Iran’s airspace, an air force spokesman said on Saturday, amid state-media reports of sightings of flying objects near Iran’s nuclear installations.
“All anti-aircraft units and jet fighters have been ordered to shoot down the flying objects over Iran’s airspace,” spokesman of the Regular Army Air Force Colonel Salman Mahini said.
Flying object fever has gripped Iran after dozens of reported sightings in the summer and in recent weeks. State-run media has reported sightings of unidentified objects flying over parts of Iran where nuclear facilities are located.
“The unidentified flying objects could be satellites, comets or spying or reconnaissance crafts trying to monitor Iran’s nuclear installations,” Mahini said.
“Flights of unknown objects in the country’s airspace have increased in recent weeks ... (they) have been seen over Bushehr and Isfahan provinces,” the Resalat newspaper reported on Saturday.
There are nuclear facilities in both provinces. The timing of the reported increase in sightings, which comes as the US is urging allies to confront Iran over its nuclear program, has strengthened Iranian public perceptions that the objects are surveillance or hostile aircrafts monitoring Iran.
as posted by PistolPete
On the subject of the planes: it didn't say that they were either or - the three planes easily could have been two of one and one of the other. It's basically a semantics argument.
Originally posted by Seekerof
Quite possibly so, but if this is simply a case of semantics, when applied to the number and type of aircraft, its not semantics that they were identified, alledged, and then reported as being U.S. though, huh? I find it rather hilarious that the sources can't identify an aircraft type, but they can identify the aircraft as being a U.S. "type" aircraft? Semantics, indeed, despite it being dubious, and highly questionable!
The problem here is that these claims, as from the original article, is/are mixing "identified" with "unidentified." Let me guess, because of "the US is urging allies to confront Iran over its nuclear program," the "unidentified" incursions are partially becoming "identified," in that they are being reported as U.S. jet fighter incursions?
Tehran, Jan. 3 : US warplanes flying out of bases in Afghanistan and Iraq have committed a string of violations of Iranian airspace, Iranian press reports said on Monday.
According to the local newspapers, the latest violation came on Saturday when a US fighter flew at low altitude over an area in the northeastern province of Khorrasan which borders Afghanistan.
According to The News, the over flight followed a recent intrusion by F-16 and F-18 fighters over the southwestern province of Khuzestan which borders southern Iraq. Papers said the planes appeared to be spying on nuclear sites.(ANI)
Tensions continue to rise between Iran and U.S. forces based in Iraq. According to the Iranian media, a U.S. fighter violated Iranian air space on Dec. 30, along the country's border near Afghanistan in Razavi Khorassan eastern province. The intrusion is the latest in a series of U.S. overflights reported by the press. The U.S. fighter entered Iranian air space over Iran's Mousa-Abad region for several minutes before returning to Afghanistan. Earlier U.S. overflights occurred over the southwestern cities of Khorramshahr and Abadan near the Iraqi border. An Iranian military source who was not identified said, "The three warplanes, of F-18 Hornets and F-16 Tomcat types held overflights at high altitudes near the Khorramshahr and Abadan air borders. The circular maneuvering of the two American fighters indicated them as carrying out spying sorties and controlling the borders." Less than a week earlier, Iranian Air Force chief Brigadier Karim Qavami was quoted as having ordered his forces to open fire and shoot down any unidentified aircraft violating the country's airspace, commenting: "Given that the intrusion of enemy aircraft over Iran's airspace is possible, all fighter jets of the country have been ordered by the Army chief to shoot them down in the event of sighting them." In August five U.S. warplanes entered Iranian airspace from the southwestern Shalamcheh border and overflew Khorramshahr. Iranian military specialists believe the intrusions are designed to assess the capabilities of Iran's anti-aircraft defenses.