Iran Unveils Underground Base for fighter jets Codenamed ‘Eagle 44’


Iran has unveiled its first underground air force base, which is capable of storing fighter jets armed with long-range cruise missiles. 

The photos of the air base, released by the official news agency IRNA, show air force personnel and US-built F-4E Phantom II fighter bombers acquired before the 1979 revolution inside the facility, according to Forbes

The base – named Oghab 44 (“Eagle” in Persian) – can accommodate “all types of fighter jets and bombers, in addition to drones”, IRNA said. The exact location of the base has not revealed, but state media said it “at the depth of hundreds of meters under the mountains’ ‘.

According to Forbes, the Iranian media’s focus on the fact that the air base’s jets are equipped with long-range cruise missiles strongly suggests that the Islamic Republic intends to use its older fighter jets to obliterate nearby targets in the event of an attack.

The outlet cited Major General Mohammad Bagheri, the chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, as saying, “Any attack on Iran from our enemies, including Israel, will see a response from our many air force bases, including Eagle 44.”

In response to a joint drill conducted by the United States and Israel less than two weeks ago, the unveiling made to demonstrate Iran’s aerial military capabilities, according to Al-Jazeera.

According to the outlet, the aircraft, naval ships, soldiers, and artillery systems involved in the exercise used to send a message to Iran amid escalating tensions.

The Iranian state television broadcast videos of fighter jets taking off for daytime and nighttime practice missions on Twitter.

According to Reuters, Iran’s army in May last year gave details about another underground base, which houses drones, as the country seeks to protect military assets from potential air strikes by regional arch-foe Israel.

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