Babak Taghvaee reports on the negative impact of Islamization on the operational readiness of the Iranian Air Force
Since 1979, April 17 or 18 has been celebrated in Iran as Army Day, during which all branches of the army forces, including the air force, take part in parades around the country. After two years of absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iranian Air Force (IRIAF) finally held an air parade in south Tehran. Unlike previous occasions, only five aircraft participated in the flypast. The small number of flying aircraft in the parade has drawn criticism for the poor performance of the commander-in-chief of the IRIAF, Brig Gen Hamid Vahedi.