The commander of Balad Air Base, Major General Zia Mohsen, explained today, Saturday, the details of thwarting an attempt to target the base with three drones, stressing that armed aircraft and drones will participate in securing the airspace surrounding the base.
Mohsen told The Iraqi News Agency (INA) that "At 5:45 a.m., three drones were spotted approaching Balad Air Base ,I ordered to shoot them, " noting that "the air was foggy so these drones were unable to target the base. "
He also pointed out that "More strict measures will be taken to secure the base's perimeter by using armed aircraft, drones and the air defense weapons present at the base to eliminate any threat."
Mohsen stated that "The base has a radar that is used 24hours a day to monitor aircraft, in addition to the air defense radar, but these drones were launched from a nearby place, so it was not possible to spot them through the radar, and it was not possible to determine the exact location of their launch."
Earlier, The Security Media Cell-SMC announced on Saturday, thwarting an attempt to target Balad Air Base in Salah al-Din province.
"Three drones approached at dawn today, Saturday, from the southern perimeter of Balad Air Base in Salah al-Din province", SMC said in a statement, received by The Iraqi News Agency (INA).
"The drones were spotted by the force tasked with protecting the external towers, assuring that they were enemy drones," noting that "the force opened fire towards these planes, which fled, “the statement added.