Iranian Army's Ground Force to Kick Off 'Eqtedar 99' Military Drill Tomorrow
TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Kioumars Heidari announced that his forces will start staging a drill, codenamed 'Eqtedar 99' on Makran Coast Tuesday morning.
"The military exercise will be held with the participation of the Ground Force's airborne brigades, special and rapid response forces," Brigadier General Heidari said.
He emphasized that the goals and characteristics of the exercise are unique, adding that this is the first time that the Ground Force is staging such goal-oriented exercise.
"All the tactics used in this exercise are combined, indigenous and creative, which are defined in accordance with the new structures of the Army Ground Force," the senior commander added.
He pointed out that the weapons used in the exercise are mainly manufactured by domestic industries, ground forces specialists, and the country's defense industry.
"The main goal of the drill is to assess the mobility and aggression of the Ground Forces," Brigadier General Heidari added.
He reiterated that the infiltration operations on the surface and subsurface and moving towards enemy naval targets are among other programs of the maneuver.
"Also in the exercise new and creative indigenous tactics will be implemented on the enemy's hypothetical shores in order to increase the penetration power and widespread attack of Ground Force units," the commander said.
The Iranian Navy kicked off a drill, codenamed 'Eqtedar 99', in Makran Coast and the Northern Indian Ocean last Wednesday and Thursday.
In relevant remarks on Friday, IRGC Commander Major General Hossein Salami said that preserving national sovereignty, the Islamic Establishment and values against enemies are the main message of Payambar-e Azam 15 (The Great Prophet 15) wargames.
“The message of the military exercise demonstrated the authority and will of the Islamic Republic of Iran to defend national sovereignty, the Islamic Establishment and values in the face of enemies of Islam and Iran,” Salami said on the sidelines of the first stage of IRGC missile and drone drills on Friday.
“Today, a joint missile and drone combat was launched in very large-scale drills,” he said, adding, “Using a large number of offensive combat drones, equipped with advanced guidance and control technologies and artificial intelligence, along with firing the most sophisticated ballistic missiles as well as destroying targets with great precision in the first phase of the military exercise displayed glorious scenes of deterrent defensive power of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Major General Salami described the successful testing of new technologies in missile and UAV guidance and control systems and very precise command and control of the joint strategic operations as the prominent features of the Great Prophet 15 wargames.
“With Almighty God’s grace, today, the IRGC Aerospace Force was able to accurately hit all specified targets in the drills using the most sophisticated missile and UAV technology,” the commander went on to say.
The IRGC started the first phase of the Great Prophet 15 wargames with the IRGC Aerospace Force's massive missile launch and drone operations in the Central Desert of Iran on Friday.
The first stage of the Great Prophet (Payambar-e Azam) 15 drills of the IRGC kicked off on Friday morning with the codename of “Ya Fatimah al-Zahar”, during which ground-to-ground ballistic missiles were fired and offensive drone bombers operations were put into action in the general area of Iran’s Central Desert.
During the drills that began in the presence of IRGC Commander Major General Hossein Salami, IRGC Aerospace Commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh and a number of senior commanders and officials of the Iranian Armed Forces, a new generation of ground-to-ground ballistic missiles and drones were used in compound offensive against hypothetical enemy bases, destroying all the specified targets.
During this stage of the wargames, after the attack of the IRGC Aerospace’s offensive bomber drones from all sides to the missile shield of the hypothetical enemy and complete destruction of targets, the new generation of the IRGC ballistic missiles of the classes of Zolfaqar, Zelzal and Dezful were mass fired at targets dealing fatal blows to the hypothetical enemy bases.
The missiles were Multiple Re-entry Vehicles (MRVs) with the capability of jamming and going through the enemy missile shield.
Great Prophet (Payambar-e Azam) wargames are annual missile tests and exercises conducted by Iran's IRGC. The first series of the wargames began in July 2008.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
The Iranian Armed Forces several times a year test their preparedness and capabilities as well as newly-manufactured weapons systems in different wargames.
The Iranian Armed Forces recently test-fire different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of home-made weapons, tools and equipment, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircrafts, UAVs and air defense and electronic systems, during massive military drills.
Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes.
Defense analysts and military observers say that Iran's wargames and its advancements in weapons production have proved as a deterrent factor.