TEHRAN (Iran News) – The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on Tuesday launched the final stage of a large-scale military exercise in the South of Iran, including in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.
The IRGC Public Relations said the final stage of the military exercise, codenamed “Payambar-e Azam 14 (The Great Prophet)”, started on Tuesday morning in Hormozgan, the south of Iran western, parts of the Strait of Hormuz, and the Persian Gulf.
The joint exercise, including forces from the IRGC Navy and the IRGC Aerospace Force, involves ground, aerial, naval, and space operations.
The final stage of the exercise in the South includes joint operations by missile units, vessels, and drones from the IRGC Navy and missile, drone and radar units from the IRGC Aerospace Force.
The servicemen attending the war game exercise offensive operations using missiles, drones and vessels, offensive mine-laying operations, and tactics to cut off the naval connections of the hypothetical enemy, missile combat operations using helicopters, and launch of coast-to-sea missiles.
Satellite images taken by Iran’s homegrown ‘Noor’ (light) satellite that was launched into space in April have been used to evaluate the situation in the war game zone.
The IRGC successfully put Noor into orbit on April 22. The Iranian satellite was launched with the three-stage satellite carrier Qassed (messenger) from a launchpad in the Dasht-e Kavir, a large desert in central Iran.
Iran’s Armed Forces hold routine military exercises throughout the year.
Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran’s defense capabilities will be never subject to negotiations.
Back in February 2018, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei called for efforts to maintain and boost Iran’s defense capabilities.
- source : Tasnim, Irannews