Iran Was Prepared for Full-Fledged War with US When Missile Downed Ukrainian Jet – IRGC Commander

Earlier in the day, Iranian authorities admitted the Ukrainian jet that crashed in Tehran this week was downed with a missile by the Iranian armed forces.

Iran was poised for a full-blown military conflict at the moment its armed forces brought down the Ukrainian passenger jet with a missile, the commander of the Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said on Saturday. The commander said that the US was partly to blame for the tragic incident as Washington had spiked tensions with Tehran prior to the plane being downed.

According to Hajizadeh, Iranian air defence systems mistook the Boeing 737 for a cruise missile. The plane was shot down with a short-range projectile, he added.

The commander said that the IRGC is taking full responsibility for the catastrophe and are ready to face any decision taken by the authorities.

Hajizadeh said he informed the authorities about the unintentional attack on the same day, adding that “he wished he could die” when he heard about the incident.

176 people died on Wednesday when the Ukrainian Airlines Boeing 737-800 travelling from Tehran to Kiev crashed soon after takeoff from Tehran Airport.

Tehran previously stressed that the tragedy had occurred due to a technical error. Several Western nations, however, refused to rule out the possibility that the plane was downed by a missile.

© Photo : Iranian Red Crescent Society

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3 Responses to “Iran Was Prepared for Full-Fledged War with US When Missile Downed Ukrainian Jet – IRGC Commander”

  1. Aldous says:

    The more this latest disaster unfolds, the less sense it all makes. Iran was/is on a virtual war footing because of the brutal assassination of its top general (and many others of course) and yet civilian airliners are apparently flying in and out of what is effectively a war zone.with the Iranian military on its highest state of alert and readiness. It doesn’t make much sense to me, especially as numerous ballistic missiles had been fired just hours earlier from Iran into Iraq at US occupied bases.

    One would have thought that an immediate NOTAM (Notice to Airman) would have been issued banning flights from departing either Iran or Iraq or entering either airspace. Aircraft en-route would have to divert or return to their airport of departure. It’s not rocket science and there’s definitely something we’re not being told.

    Regarding the stricken Ukrainian plane – a suspicious coincidence in itself after the downing of the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine – what sensible adult would want to get on a plane in Iran (or Iraq) after the events only hours earlier that they must have known about? I know I wouldn’t have.

    Why did the Iranian military and politicians deny having shot down the plane, only to issue a seemingly grovelling apology for so doing just a day or two later? It doesn’t sound like the Iran I know and have come to respect after the endless baiting and sanctioning by the US in particular and West in general.

    It’s easy to blame a so-called trigger-happy missile battery commander ‘fall guy’ who (inconveniently) suffered communication problems and had only 10 seconds to make a decision on his own (allegedly) because it could have been an incoming cruise missile nuke. That’s just BS. The flight profile and signature of a departing airliner is vastly different to that of an incoming cruise missile, even if the airliner did turn towards a ‘sensitive IRGC complex’. Such a turn would have been in its flight plan and the departure procedures for the airport.

    The ‘smoking gun’ for me is that the airliner would have been squawking a unique four digit ID from its transponder for SSR (Secondary Surveillance Radar) purposes clearly identifying it as the flight number that it was. Inbuilt fail-safe systems on a missile battery software would have alerted the operators to this and even prevented them from engaging or even locking onto such a target. It’s not the same as IFF (Indication Friend or Foe’ software – – but it still beggars belief that the Ukrainian plane could have been downed accidentally imho.

    It was wholly deliberate for some reason that we may never know but I’m sure the despicable slaying of their favourite general and the Ukrainian connection has much to do with it – and it’s definitely not Game Over.

  2. Aldous says:

    Just seen this from Jim Stone:

    “It appears Israel shut off the transponder and lights on the Ukranian jet via a remote hack, making it impossible to identify itself as friendly. This is when it “suddenly went dark”, it did not “go dark” from the missile strike. Having no transponder, no communications and no lights made it appear to be a cruise missile, which Iran then shot down.

    Shoot down: Israel’s fault. Or whoever hacked the plane. That probably means Israel.”

  3. Aldous says:

    This now has the same ring about it as the Russian plane (carrying 19 military personnel?) that was accidentally shot down in by a Syrian missile battery after being deliberately placed in harm’s way by its ‘shadowing’ by attacking Israeli fighter planes and effectively using it as a shield.

    I think the Iranian military and politicians can hold their heads high because they would have thought – as I did – that such a scenario as the accidental shooting down of a civilian airliner was nigh impossible because of its transponder ID and the inbuilt safeguards on the ground against engaging such an inert target.
    God will revenge it.

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