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Number Seven Thousand Two Hundred and Eighty Nine - 11 May 2023
Iran Daily - Number Seven Thousand Two Hundred and Eighty Nine - 11 May 2023 - Page 2

IRGC sets up helicopter, drone base

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on Wednesday set up an airbase that shelters various kinds of advanced helicopters and drones in Sistan and Baluchestan Province.
The airbase was inaugurated by IRGC chief Major General Hossein Salami.
The new air base, named after Ali Arabi – an IRGC Ground Force serviceman martyred in October 2009 – has come into service in the city of Zahedan.
Salami attended a ceremony on the opening of the new airbase, used for the flight of various combat helicopters, logistical and rescue aircraft, and drones.
The IRGC Combat Engineering Division has constructed the airbase in compliance with the latest technical and engineering regulations and aviation standards.
In comments at the event, IRGC Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said the new airbase would allow the IRGC Ground Force’s fleet of helicopters to carry out major security and defense missions and perform rescue and relief operations for public service. The airbase, which can accommodate tens of helicopters, includes hangars and has all the necessary equipment needed for fueling, repair, and maintenance, he added.
The base will reportedly host a broad range of unmanned aircraft and military choppers, such as Bell 205, Bell 206, Bell 214, Mil Mi-17, and Bell 209.
During the ceremony, the IRGC commander also inaugurated a project on the development of the airport of Saravan in Sistan and Baluchestan.

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