TEHRAN (Iran News) – IRGC Hails Iran’s Kamikaze, Reconnaissance Drones . The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s chief says the Ground Force under his watch put on display a combination of the “major elements of its power” during the latest maneuvers, which featured kamikaze and reconnaissance drones as new components of the Force’s offensive might.
Major General Hossein Salami made the remarks on Thursday on the sidelines of the IRGC’s Great Prophet 17 joint military exercises in Iran’s southern coast.
He praised the IRGC’s Ground Force as a guarantor of the country’s independence, territorial integrity and national security, saying it has developed new tactics to further its offensive power using all the capabilities it has acquired in fixed and mobile defense on the ground.
“What was demonstrated today in the drills was a combination of key elements of the IRGC Ground Force’s offensive power, including strong defense in fixed positions and anti-heliborne operation, as well as the use of offensive drones, bounding mines and armored firepower,” he added.
“The new points about this exercise comprise the effective use of offensive kamikaze and reconnaissance drones that are new components of our Ground Force’s offensive power, the effective use of offensive power by helicopters, the firing of missiles and rockets at long distances from choppers, the effective use of bounding mines against the enemy’s mobile targets, and the accurate firepower of artillery units.”
Salami also said that modern and systematic command, control and management was the key feature of the war-games that created balanced coordination on the ground.
He also said combat and suicide drones are new components of the combat power of the Ground Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as the aircraft have put on display a massive show of force during large-scale military drills in the south of the country.
“The drills featured massive artillery fire as well as operations by the Amphibious Operations Unit of the IRGC Ground Force,” the commander added.
“The exercises involved divers as well as large numbers of vessels taking combat troops to the shore, which was among the most important achievements of the IRGC Ground Force. This has enabled the Force to couple its defense operations with combat tactics,” the top general added.
He said the war games also involved the firing of missiles and rockets as well as artillery units hitting targets with pinpoint accuracy.
The maneuvers have been ongoing in the Persian Gulf region and the Strait of Hormuz, as well as on the coasts of Hormuzgan, Busheher and Khuzestan provinces.
The exercises code-named the Great Prophet 17, are part of military drills Iran holds regularly to improve its combat power. The five-day maneuvers ended on Friday.
The ground phase of the exercises ended early on Thursday with a large-scale night combat operation using combined tactics of ranger, armored, artillery, drone and combat helicopter units.