At the peak of heated tensions between the former US President Donald Trump and Iranian authorities, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said that US B-52 bombers were easy targets for Iranian forces to hit, a new documentary has revealed.
Since November, the US Air Force has deployed the nuclear-capable bombers five times over the Middle East, and in response, Iran has launched drills unveiling new underground ballistic missile bases and suicide drones.
On Friday, Iran’s state TV aired a short documentary showing inside an IRGC radar facility used to spot planes and drones flying over the Persian Gulf, in an undisclosed location.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps official website via SEPAH News on 16 January 2021, shows a launch of a missile during a military drill in an unknown location (AFP)
In the documentary, Hajizadeh asked the radar operators about the type of two drones shown on a monitor flying close to Iranian territorial waters.
An IRGC officer responded that they were US MQ-9 and RQ-4 drones, and Haizadeh said “the same as the one that we downed”.
In June 2019, IRGC shot down a US RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone over Iran’s southern province of Hormozgan, which borders with the critical Strait of Hormuz.
“Targeting B-52 bombers is much easier than RQ-4s,” Hajizaeh said. “B-52s are old planes and the only reason for their recent deployment is because the US is scared and worried about what we might do.”
In another part of the documentary, Hajizadeh explained the details of Iran’s missile attack on Ain Al-Assad, a US military base in Iraq, in response to the assassination of the IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani by the US in January 2020.