Iran Reveals Underground Air Force Base

    Iran Reveals Underground Air Force Base
    Last updated Feb 08, 2023
    Image credit: Reuters [via Al Jazeera]


    • Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday that the country has unveiled an underground air force facility — dubbed "Eagle 44" — purportedly the first of its kind large enough to house fighter jets.
    • The underground complex is serving as one of the country's major air force facilities and is said to be capable of storing and operating several aircraft, including long-range cruise missile fighters and bombers, as well as military drones.
    • The air base is allegedly located at an undisclosed site in mountainous terrain, to protect it from possible attacks by US bombers. Tehran also unveiled a homegrown long-range, air-launched cruise missile called "Asef," which will reportedly be installed on Iran's Russian-made Su-24 jets.
    • "Eagle 44" is one of several Iranian Air Force underground bases that have been recently constructed throughout Iran to perform "surprise aerial operations." Last year, Tehran disclosed the underground "Drone Base 313."
    • The unveiling of the new Iranian air base comes just days after the conclusion of the largest-ever joint US-Israel military exercise, dubbed "Juniper Oak 2023," which was widely considered a message to Tehran.
    • Last week, Tehran vowed revenge for an alleged Israeli drone strike on a military factory near the central city of Isfahan. The attack came amid tensions over Tehran's nuclear activities and its suspected arms shipments in support of Russia's war effort in Ukraine.


    Anti-Iran narrative

    The fact that the Mullah regime is now disclosing "Eagle 44" underscores the danger it poses to Israel as well as to the West. Add to this the brutal crackdown on protests for women's rights and Tehran's support of Moscow for its Ukraine war, and it becomes clear that the previous policy of indifference and appeasement has failed. The risk of open confrontation with the theocratic dictatorship is increasing — a fundamental rethink is needed before it is too late.

    Pro-Iran narrative

    The underground base impressively underlines that Tehran will not give in to the West or Israel. As a sovereign country in a strategically important region, Tehran is a thorn in Washington's side, but its efforts to overthrow the government will be met by the unity of the Iranian people. Moreover, the strength and innovation of the Iranian military will help ensure that Iran will never again allow itself to be controlled and plundered as in the days of the Shah regime.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 47% chance that Iran will obtain a nuclear weapon by 2030, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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