June 22, 2009 - 12:26 AMT
Iranian air force to start exercises in Persian Gulf on Monday
Iran's air force will start exercises on Monday in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman in order to raise "its operational and support capability", the official news agency IRNA said on Sunday.

"In this manoeuvre there will be long-distance flights of around 3,600 km (2,237 miles) along with aerial refueling from tanker to fighter jet and from fighter jet to fighter jet.

"There will also be low altitude flights over the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman by Iranian fighter jets over distances of 700 km," it said.

The plans for the military exercises were already announced some time ago. The IRNA report made no mention of protests in Iran over its disputed election.