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JUNE 2023

Iranian Military Kicks Off Large Naval Drills In Southern Waters (Videos)

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On September 10, the Iranian military started large naval drills dubbed “Zolfaqar 99” in the country’s southern waters and in international waters under the slogan “Sustainable security in the shadow of defense authority.”

Units of the Navy, Air Force, and Army Ground Forces are participating in the drills, which are taking place in the eastern waters of the Strait of Hormuz, Makran coast, Oman Sea and North Indian Ocean.

According to Deputy Coordinator of the Iranian military, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, the main stages of the “Zolfaqar 99” joint drills will continue for three days. The drills will be carried out in three stages: intelligence, tactics, and demonstration of power.

Warships, submarines, aircraft, air-defense systems and many other equipment and weapons are being employed in the drills.

“The 69th Navy Fleet consisting of the Sahand Destroyer and the Bandar Abbas Auxiliary Ship, which are now in the Indian Ocean, while conducting intelligence and monitoring foreign and enemy vessels thousands of kilometers away from Iranian territorial waters, provide the necessary information to other units present in the exercise to carry out counter operations,” Rear Admiral Shahram Irani, a spokesman for the drills said, adding “Moreover, the flying units of the army air force consisting of bomber fighters as well as combat drones will carry out pre-determined plans in this exercise.”

The drills saw a successful test of the Shalamcheh air-defense system, a locally upgraded copy of the U.S.-made MIM-23 Hawk system. Many other advanced domestically-developed systems are set to be tested during the drills.

The Iranian military is constantly training and working to improve its offensive capabilities to counter the ever growing threats posed by the U.S. and Israel.


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Angry Birds

<> nice joke

Those patrol boats operated by Iran perhaps qualify for coast guard vessels, yet they are no real warships :D


For some reason US doesn’t agree with you and doesn’t take Iranian navy for “joke”. And rightfully so. Those are very shallow waters and those super fast speed boats mounted with torpedo tubes 50 caliber machine guns and some with rockets represent real danger for certain types of ships when attacking in swarm. Yugo design “mini subs” of Korean origin also are perfect for those waters The rest is anti-ship missiles of coastal defenses or mounted on frigates and destroyers…those are not joke because supersonic anti-ship missiles that can sink even air carriers Very big US ships in those shallow waters are like whale in bathtub


Nice try, nut Iranian navy doesn’t operate patrol boats. IRGCN uses them, which wasn’t present in this wargame.

But I sincerely hope American planners share your opinion and think they are jokes. I’d appreciate if you re-post it wherever possible, thanks in advance.


shut up greek. go find some new ships from france before you talk ?

Assad must stay

Cool stuff iran

Icarus Tanović

Iran needs to secure those beaches. Plant evergreens and make a swamp, so that way you have natural barrier and that makes invasion from sea impossible.

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