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MARCH 2021

Iran’s IRGC Launch Ballistic Missiles At Naval Targets During Large-Scale Drill (Video, Photos)

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On the final stage of Payambar-e Azam 15 [the Great Prophet 15] large-scale drill, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) launched a barrage of ballistic missile at naval targets.

A number of Emad, Sejjill and Ghadr medium-range ballistic missiles were launched by the IRGC Aerospace Force on January 16 morning at hypothetical enemy warships 1,800 km away in the northern part of the Indian ocean.

Emad and Ghadr, both derivative of the older Shahab-3 missile, have a range of around 2,000 km. Sejjill missile range varies from 2,000 to 2,500 km depending on the version.

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said the display of power was a “meaningful choice,” warning the enemies of Iran that any threats will draw a harsh response.

“Choosing a bunch of long-range missiles against naval targets illustrates that if the enemies of the Islamic Republic have ill intentions against our national interests, maritime trade routes, and territory, they will come under missile strike and will be destroyed,” the Tasnim News Agency quoted Baqeri as saying.

During the first stage of the Payambar-e Azam 15 drill, the IRGC Aerospace Force targeted a hypothetical enemy base protected by air-defense systems with missiles and drones.

Earlier this week, the Iranian Navy held a live-fire drill in the northern part of the Indian ocean. Several types of Iranian-made cruise missiles and torpedoes were tested. A US nuclear submarine was caught spying on the drill.

According to Maj. Gen. Baqeri, Iranian forces will hold more intensive exercises and drills in the upcoming five days to demonstrate its readiness.

Iran is rightfully worried of a last-minute military adventure by US President Donald Trump, who is set to leave office in a few days. Tensions in the Persian Gulf reached the unpreceded level during Trump’s presidency.

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