Iran unveils its first underground airbase

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran on Tuesday unveiled its first underground air base, called “Eagle 44”, capable of housing fighter jets, Iranian state news agency Irna reported.

The “Eagle 44” base is capable of housing and operating fighter jets and drones, Irna reports, without giving further details on its location.

According to the news agency, it would be one of the most important airbases in the country, built deep underground, housing fighters equipped with long-range cruise missiles.

Last May, the Iranian military gave details of an underground base built for its drones, as the country seeks to protect its military assets from possible airstrikes from Israel.

“Any attack on Iran by our enemies, including Israel, will see a response from our numerous airbases, including Eagle 44,” Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Mohammad Bagheri told TV. state.

(Writing from Dubai; French version Lina Golovnya, editing by Kate Entringer)

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