Iran Conducts Large-Scale Drills

The Iranian Army and Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) conducted large-scale two-day aerial drills on Wednesday and Thursday. The drills were codenamed “Guardians of Velayat Sky”.

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The air defence units from the Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) launched on October 21 a two-day large-scale military exercise codenamed "Guardians of Velayat Sky", covering more than half of the country’s territories with a focus on protecting the strategic sites.

The IRGC has developed special capabilities to surprise enemies in any possible confrontation in the future, said the Deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force for Coordination Brigadier General Fereidoun Mohammadi Saqqayee.

"Given the fact that the level and quality of threats in the air are constantly changing and there is a significant range of threats, defense capabilities of the IRGC Aerospace Force is also changing and updating on a daily basis in line with these threats in a way that today we have prepared a set of surprising capabilities to confront the enemy," he added.

Iran's domestically manufactured air defence equipment, including fighter jets, bombers, and drones are flown in the military exercise to practice countering aerial threats in low, medium, and high altitudes. The air defence systems “Third of Khordad”, “the Fifteenth of Khordad” as well as the Mersad and Tabas missiles systems hit the set targets during the first day of the drills.

Iran's home-made strategic missile defense system Bavar 373 could successfully intercept and destroy an electro-optic-guided target during the wargames codenamed '“Guardians of Velayat Sky”.

The Bavar 373 was unveiled in August 2019. This is a mobile missile defense system designed to intercept and destroy incoming hostile targets. The system employs missiles that have a maximum range of 300 kilometers and  is capable of simultaneously detecting up to 300 targets, tracking 60 targets at once and engaging six targets at a time.

"The first stage of the drills involved the expansion and deployment of defence systems, including missile and radar systems with a focus on the mobility and rapid response of the operational forces,” said spokesperson of the drills, Second Brigadier General Abbas Farajpour.

Qadir, Moraqeb and Bashir home-made phased-array radar systems of the IRGC Aerospace Force and the Army Air Force detected flying targets over the general zone of the exercises, including manned and unmanned aircraft of the IRGC Aerospace Force and Army Air Force, which flew from various bases on the second day of massive aerial drills on Thursday.

The drills started after the lift of the decade-long United Nations ban on the sale of arms from and to Iran on October 18 under the terms of the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 that blessed the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers.

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