Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli announced on Thursday that the Iranian Army will test various types of radars and defense systems in massive military maneuvers late September.
Esmayeeli underlined that various long-range radars and passive defense systems would be tested during the drills.
The maneuvers would cover hard to reach valleys under extreme weather conditions, the commander added.
In relevant remarks earlier this month, Esmayeeli announced that the Iranian Armed Forces are scheduled to stage massive air defense drills in October.
“The massive air defense exercises codenamed Modafe’an-e Aseman-e Velayat 5 (Defenders of Velayat Skies 5) will be staged in the last days of (the Iranian month of) Mehr (mid October) in a mountainous region and more extensive than the previous maneuvers,” Esmayeeli told reporters in Tehran on Saturday.
The Air Force drills will be followed by a series of massive exercises by the Iranian Army’s Ground Force. In July, Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan announced that his armored brigades would stage massive wargames in Southeastern Iran in late October.
Pourdastan voiced pleasure in the results of the assessments made over the recent Beitol-Moghaddas 25 Wargames in the Central Isfahan province, saying that the exercises succeeded in achieving all its desired objectives.
“The Ground Force programs for the year 1392 (March 2013-March 2014) include more wargames, such as the drills of armored units in Southeastern Iran, followed by infantry exercises in the Western parts of the country and tank-patterns exercises,” he said.
“Alongside these drills, we aim to reinvigorate the training of our forces and meantime enhance the operational capacities of the Ground Force for confronting threats in asymmetric battles,” added the Ground Force commander.
The Iranian Ground Force conducted Beit ol-Moqaddas 25 in the general zone of Isfahan from May 20 to 24 in a bid to boost its units’ military preparedness and exercise different asymmetric tactics.
Lieutenant Commander of Ground Force for Training General Hossein Shokouhi told FNA at the time that different army units, including air force, airborne, infantry, armored, cavalry, artillery, air-defense, drone, communications and logistical units participated in the wargames.
Shokouhi further noted that during the drills, the Iranian army tested its latest home-made weapons and equipment, including the newly unveiled Shaher sniper rifle, Neinava tactical vehicle, optimized Scorpion tanks, anti-chopper launchers, Fadak wireless radio and Akhgar machinegun.