Iranian Army’s Beit-ul-Muqaddas 25 drills enter tactical phase

shamseddin20130523140117100Iranian military has launched the second phase of Beit-ul-Muqaddas 25 exercises in the central province of Isfahan, with the aim of testing new simulator systems.

Attended by Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan, the drills entered their tactical phase early Thursday, Pourdastan’s deputy, Second Brigadier General Hossein Shokouhi said.

Shokouhi stated that the Army tested direct-fire and artillery simulators as well as smart surface-to-surface missile simulators during the maneuvers on Thursday.

“Unveiling these simulators will lead to savings in ammunition, optimal use of efficient human forces, and reduction of potential casualties and material damages in [any] future wars,” he explained.

The simulators will also provide a comprehensive analysis of the Iranian Army’s fire efficiency and precision-targeting, he added.

According to Shokouhi, the exercises will enter their third and final phase on Friday, where the Army will carry out heavy artillery fire, coordinated offensives by infantry and armored units, and heliborne operations by the 55th Airborne Brigade.

The three-day drills started on Wednesday with the participation of various units of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces to test a multitude of indigenous weapons and military equipment, including armored personnel carriers, sniper rifles, anti-aircraft batteries and missile launchers.

Over the past few years, Iran has held several military exercises to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military tactics and equipment.

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly assured neighboring states that its military might poses no threat to other countries, saying its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.

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