Iran’s Anti-Armor Azarakhsh Missile Test-Fired in Great Drone Drills
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Army successfully test-fired Azarakhsh (Thunderbolt) missile from the home-grown Karrar-class drone on Wednesday during the major drone drills.
Azarakhsh- air-to-air missile successfully identified and annihilated its hypothetical targets. This is the first time the missile is being used in a war-game.
The hypothetical enemies were successfully annihilated by Karrar-class drones carrying 500-pound bomb.
The Spokesman of the drills, Rear Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi, announced that constant monitoring of the borders through the drones is among the aims of the maneuver.
“Today, the borders are being carefully monitored and observed by the Army forces via drones equipped with surveillance and electronic information systems,” Mousavi said, stressing, "The Islamic Republic of Iran's Army is capable of giving strong response to any aggression by enemies."
On Tuesday, the Iranian Army showcased hundreds of its drones during the large-scale exercises underway in Semnan province in the presence of the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri and a number of Army commanders.
Major General Baqeri paid a visit to the Army drone units consisting of hundreds of UAVs deployed in an area stretching over one square kilometer.
The drones included the Army’s pilotless operation, combat, interception, detection, surveillance, organic war, suicide UAVs of all the four forces of the Army.
The displayed UAVs, enjoying various kinds of combat and logistic multi-rotors, are capable of launching operations under the electronic war conditions and are also equipped with jamming systems and deception radars.
Some of the unveiled drones were the recent products of the Iranian Army.
The Iranian Army started its first large-scale drone combat wargames in Semnan province on Tuesday with the participation of hundreds of drones used by the Ground Force, Air Force and Navy, Deputy Chief of Operations of Iran's Army Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi said.
“Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the able and most powerful countries in the field of drone production,” Admiral Mousavi said, adding that various types of sophisticated drone systems used in the Army's Ground, Air, and Naval Defense will perform their predesigned missions in real combat conditions.
“UAV combat operations including air interception and destruction of aerial targets using air-to-air missiles, destruction of ground targets using bombs and pinpoint missiles, as well as widespread use of suicide drones, are among the measures that will be carried out in the operational part of this exercise,” he went on to say.
The commander further elaborated, "The flight of naval drones from a vessel in southern waters of the country, long-range flight of pinpointing suicide drones to destroy vital targets in the depths of enemy’s soil will be one of the drone combat exercise plans.”
“Participation of UAV units from other parts of the country and monitoring land, air and sea borders are among the other important measures that will be taken in this large-scale drone combat exercise,” he added.
Some UAV equipment, achievements, and subsystems produced by the experts of the Army and defense industry will also be unveiled in an exhibition in the presence of senior officials and commanders of the Iranian Armed Forces.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has also earlier urged the Iranian Armed Forces to further reinvigorate their capabilities and deterrence power.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran does not intend to start a war against anyone but you (Armed Forces) should increase your capabilities to the extent that not only does the enemy fear attacking Iran but also the shadow of war against the Iranian nation will fade away with the help of the Armed Forces' solidarity, might and effective deployment," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing Navy officials and commanders in Tehran on the occasion of the Navy Day in Iran.
He added that the Armed Forces' preparedness played as a deterrent power against the enemy threats.