An Israeli-made IAI Harop combat drone of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces was shot down near the city of Parsabad in northern Iran on October 20. The Azerbaijani military uses IAI Harops to target positions and equipment of Armenian forces in the ongoing war in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The intensity of the clashes leads to a regular cross border incidents with Iran and Iranian forces do not seem to be ready to tolerate this.
Meanwhile, the Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) are launching large-scale aerial exercises aimed at bolstering their preparedness for defending the country’s airspace. The large-scale drills, codenamed Modafe’an-e Aseman-e Velayat 99 (Guardians of Velayat Sky 99), will begin on October 21. Brigadier General Qader Rahimzadeh will command the exercise from from the Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base.
Units of the Iranian Army’s air defense units and Air Force along with the IRGC’s Aerospace Force will participate in the drills. Just a few days earlier, the Iranian military deployed additionally artillery pieces near the border with Azerbaijan.
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