No aircraft enter Iraq airspace without approval: air defense commander
SULAIMANI — Iraqi Air Defense Commander Major-General Maan al-Saadi said on Monday (January 4) that air traffic is under control and surveillance and no aircraft will enter Iraq without approval.
During an interview with the state-run Iraqi News Agency (INA), al-Saadi said that no aircraft will enter Iraqi airspace, except when there is coordination and approval from the higher commanders of the armed forces.
“Violations may occur, but they are monitored, and the Command’s offices are informed,” he added.
He said that there are efforts to develop the Air Defense Command’s capabilities to secure greater protection because it is one of the effective commands to protect the country.
“There are endeavors for the purpose of purchasing more advanced weapons, radar detection systems and defense weapons interceptors with greater ranges,” he said.
Al-Saadi said that the Air Defense Command needs additional support and capabilities in order to impose more control due the violations that take place in northern Iraq, adding that with the subsequent strengthening of capabilities, full control will be imposed.
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