2021-April-11 02:19
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Iranian Army Ground Force Kicks Off 'Eqtedar 99' Military Drill Along Makran Coasts

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Army Ground Force started exercises, codenamed 'Eqtedar 99' on Makran Coast in Southern Iran on Tuesday.

The military drill is underway on the Makran coasts, along the Sea of Oman, with the participation of Airborne units, Special Forces and Rapid Reaction Brigades.

The Iranian Army Chief Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi, Army Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Kioumars Heidari and other senior military officials are present in the wargame zone.

In relevant remarks on Monday, Brigadier General Heidari said that the military exercise will be held with the participation of the Ground Force's airborne brigades, special and rapid response forces. 

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.