IRGC Commander: Iran Enjoys Hidden Military Capabilities for Rainy Day
IRGC Lieutenant Commander Brigadier General Hossein Salami revealed on Wednesday that Iran has covert military capabilities that have been kept for wartime.
Speaking on the sidelines of the IRGC Navy’s massive wargames, codenamed Payambar-e Azam 9 (The Great Prophet 9), in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, Salami underlined, “Today, a part of the IRGC Navy’s capabilities which could be revealed were displayed; we have capabilities which will remain covert and hidden before being used in action and we will merely use them in the battlefield.”
He stressed that the IRGC Navy’s coast-to-sea and sea-to-sea missiles, sea mines and aerospace capabilities are not confined to their operational range and can be enhanced for different missions depending on enemies’ capabilities.
The IRGC Navy started massive wargames, codenamed Payambar-e Azam 9 (The Great Prophet 9), in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday.
During the wargames, a mock US aircraft carrier was destroyed by the IRGC missiles.
The model was built in real size and was attacked and destroyed by missiles and rockets fire from tens of IRGC speedboats.
Also a number of the IRGC cruise and two ballistic missiles were fired at the mock US aircraft carrier.
Also during the wargames, a mobile naval target was destroyed by Fateh 110 and Zelzal missiles on a deserted island 270km away from the wargames zone.
The IRGC also fired its high precision capability missiles at a carrier during the Payambar-e Azam 9 wargames.
During the first moments of the second stage of the drills, enemy drones were also hit and destroyed by Misaq shoulder-launched missiles and artilleries mounted on 100 IRGC’s speedboats.
Speaking with reporters on the sidelines of the wargames, IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi announced that the Ghadir cruise missile with a range of 300km will be delivered to the IRGC Navy in the wargames.
“Our missiles will reach the Southernmost regional waters and we can hit mobile targets from offshore waters to the North of the Persian Gulf,” he added.
The massive exercises started after IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari issued the order and in the presence of other high-ranking Iranian officials and military commanders, including Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Gholam Ali Rashid, Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Brigadier General Salami, Commander of the IRGC Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Brigadier General Baqeri and Rear Admiral Fadavi.
Different IRGC Navy vessels are being used in the exercises staged in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.
Tens of IRGC vessels started high-speed mine-laying operations in a short period of time to get ready for critical situations in times of possible threats.
Fadavi described Iran’s “mine-laying” capability as “the most important concern of the Americans”, and said, “We have the most advanced sea mines which cannot be imagined by the Americans.”
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
Iranian officials have always stressed that the country’s military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.
Iran’s naval power has even been acknowledged by foes. In a Sep. 11, 2008 report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy said that in the two decades since the Iraqi imposed war on Iran, the Islamic Republic has excelled in naval capabilities and is able to wage unique asymmetric warfare against larger naval forces.
According to the report, Iran’s Navy has been transformed into a highly motivated, well-equipped, and well-financed force and is effectively in control of the world’s oil lifeline, the Strait of Hormuz.
Since November 2008, the Iranian Navy has also conducted anti-piracy missions in the Gulf of Aden and Bab el-Mendeb Strait to protect the country’s cargo ships and oil tankers against pirates.