On January 15, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) kicked off a live fire drill, dubbed Payambar-e Azam 15 [The Great Prophet 15], in Iran’s central desert.
The drill’s first stage was attended by IRGC Commander-in-Chief Major General Hossein Salami, IRGC Aerospace Force Commander Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh and high-ranking commanders and officials of the Armed Forces of Iran.
During the drill, the IRGC Aerospace Force attacked a hypothetical enemy base protected by air-defense systems with missiles and drones.
Combat drones and loitering munitions were used to target the hypothetical base’s air-defense systems. After that, a barrage of Zulfaghar, Zelzal and Dezful precision-guided tactical ballistic missiles was launched at the base’ facilities. Direct hits were scored.
The missiles fired in the drills were all equipped with detachable warheads with the ability to guide out of the atmosphere as well as to bypass enemy missile shields.
Earlier this week, the Iranian Navy held drills in the northern part of the Indian ocean. Several types of cruise missiles and torpedoes were used. A US nuclear submarine was caught attempting to spy on the drills.
The recent Iranian drills are meant to deter the US and its allies in the Middle East, first and foremost Israel. Tehran is apparently worried of a last ditch military strike by President Donald Trump, who is set to leave office in a few days.
The Trump administration launched a “maximum pressure” campaign to force Iran into abandoning its nuclear rights and missile program. The campaign has beena failure so far.
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