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IRGC Ground Force Destroys Simulated Enemy Suicide Vehicles in Drills

22 February 2017 15:14

 

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force exercised destruction of simulated enemy bomb-laden cars during the last day of massive wargames underway in Eastern Iran on Wednesday.

During the drills, 5 simulated enemy suicide vehicles intended to cross the border. One of them was targeted by the IRGC ground forces’ RPG units and three were smashed in an ambush but one of them exploded near a watchtower.

The IRGC units present in the region also simulated war in battlegrounds against the terrorist and Takfiri groups stationed in Afghanistan in the Eastern parts of Iran.

They also exercised heliborne operations, hostage rescue operation and confrontation against enemy aggression in difficult situation.

Meantime, different types of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), helicopters, including 2 Cobra 206 helicopters, and heavy artilleries were used by the IRGC Ground force to destroy the specified targets during the wargames.

The first stage of the three-day massive drills codenamed Payambar-e Azam (the Great Prophet) 11 started on Monday with the participation of the IRGC’s artillery, air defense, drone, infantry and air force units in Iran’s Central desert and the Eastern parts of the country.

The IRGC forces targeted simulated enemy targets with smart and advanced rockets with pin-point precision striking capability on the first day of the wargames.

The IRGC Ground Force late in January staged massive wargames in the Western parts of Iran.

The drills started on January 23 and continued in Western Iran for four days.

The wargames were codenamed Imam Ali (AS) and the IRGC ground forces enhanced their combat preparedness and exercise new war tactics and methods during the drills.

“Strengthening the planning and command capabilities at different levels and enhancing the units’ intelligence and operational preparedness to establish security under different conditions are among the other objectives of Imam Ali (AS) drills,” Commander of the IRGC Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said at the time.

Mohsen Rafiqdoust, who served as minister of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps throughout the eight years of the Iraqi-imposed war on Iran, had in September said the IRGC Ground Force is five times larger than the US army troops, adding that the IRGC can dispatch 6 million troops to any battlefield in a matter of days.

“Today, the number of the IRGC Ground Force is five times more than the US army and it is the Ground Force which ends the wars,” Rafiqdoust said, addressing a gathering in Tehran.

“The IRGC Ground Force can send 6 million ready-for-combat troops to the battleground in less than 10 days,” he added.

Noting that the country’s warehouses are full of weapons and military equipment, Rafiqdoust said, “Our missiles are ready to be fired at Israel. This has been shown to the Americans and they have been allowed to have videos” (through their broadcast on Iranian TV).

Firing one artillery round against Iran by Israel would mean that “Iran will turn Tel Aviv into dust”, he underlined.

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