IRGC Ground Force Uses New Homemade Tank in Military Exercise
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force used an advanced homegrown tank, Karrar, for the first time during the third day of massive joint military exercises in the Southern parts of Iran on Wednesday.
Karrar, an upgraded version of the T-72m tanks, came into service during the Great Prophet 17 joint drills on the country’s Southern coasts today.
The new tank is furnished with special coatings to withstand heatwaves and can hide from heat-seeking missiles. It is also equipped with GPS navigation systems.
The Great Prophet 17 drills kicked off on Monday, covering the coastlines of the southern Iranian provinces of Hormozgan, Bushehr, and Khuzestan.
The IRGC Ground Force’s special units practiced their defensive skills in Lark Island.
IRGC Commander Brigadier General Abbas Nilforoushan announced the start of massive wargames dubbed as Payambar-e Azam 17 in the Southern parts of Iran on Monday.
General Nilforoushan, also the spokesman of the exercises, said that the drills will be held for five days on the shores of the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz, and the general area of Hormozgan, Bushehr, and Khuzestan provinces with participation of the IRGC ground, naval and air force units, as well as some units of the Basij (volunteer) forces.
The drills have already begun in order to increase the level of combat readiness of the IRGC by using the most advanced equipment and tactics to deal with perceived threats and hybrid wars, he added.
General Nilforoushan referred to the diversity and multiplicity of participating forces and units, saying that exercising how to confront different spectrums of threat will be operational for the first time in these wargames.
The drills are being held over one month after the Iranian Army ended joint military wargames, dubbed Zolfaqar 1400, in the Makran region in the Southern parts of the country after achieving all planned objectives.
During the ceremony in the presence of Iranian Army Commander Major General Seyed Abdolrahim Mousavi and a number of other senior commanders of Iran’s Army as well as observers from Khatam al-Anbiya Defense Base, a variety of surface and subsurface vessel units of the Navy, including destroyers, missile launchers, and submarines of ‘Tareq and Qadir’ class marched and showcased their strength and power.
In this ceremony, the fighter jets and aircraft of Iran’s Army Air Force accompanied the surface and subsurface units.
Spokesman of the exercises Rear Admiral Seyed Mahmoud Mousavi said that the drills were wrapped up after the implementation of various military plans in an area covering more than one million square meters.
He added that all plans and goals have been materialized, noting that showing the capacities and capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran as an effective component in ensuring the security of the region were among the achievements of the ‘Zolfaqar 1400’ military drills.
The Iranian Army started the first day of the main phase of the Zolfaqar 1400 joint drills on Sunday with the Air Force's F-4 bombers destroying ground targets with optimized missiles.
The Iranian Army Air Force's F-4 bombers carried out long-range flights from their bases to the general zone of the exercises and conducted air refueling operations from the tanker aircraft, destroying ground targets of the hypothetical enemy with optimized missiles, including a new generation of optimized air-to-surface missiles in the general zone of the wargames.
The main phase of the joint drills began with the participation of the infantry, armored and mechanized units of the Army Ground Forces, Air Defense Forces' defense systems, and naval surface vessels with the support of Army Air Force's fighters and drones in the general zone of Makran Coast.
The homemade cruise missiles of the Iranian Army destroyed several surface targets and vessels during the second day of Zolfaqar 1400 drills.