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Iran’s Arash Suicide Drone Destroys Targets during Army Drills

The Iranian Army's suicide drone, Arash, destroyed all specified targets successfully in a long range mission during the second day of the main phase of the massive joint military drills dubbed 'Zolfaqar 1400' on Monday.

Army ground units also managed to capture hypothetical enemy positions in a move to testfire Iran-made rockets and missiles as well as using rocket-propelled grenade launchers and combat helicopters and drones.

Spokesman of Zolfaqar 1400 drills Rear Admiral Seyed Mahmoud Mousavi said on Monday that last night, the home-made Mersad missile system, in coordination with the country’s integrated air defense network, fired a missile, shooting down a hostile air target.

He added that the artillery, armored, helicopter and drone units of the army also fired rockets and missiles against hypothetical enemy forces.

At this stage of the exercises, the Army Ground Forces, using indigenized reconnaissance drones, monitored all the activities of the hypothetical enemy and then flew Iranian combat drones to their vessels, Rear Admiral Mousavi said, adding that the combat and mechanized units of the Ground Forces also carried out defense operations against attacks on the coastal areas.

“The Army Air Force also used fighter jets and drones to support units operating on the ground and successfully targeted hypothetical enemy targets with home-made 250-pound bombs and ammunition,” he added.

Rear Admiral Mousavi also said that “the Tareq submarine destroyed a surface target by firing a torpedo, and the indigenous Qadir submarine destroyed a target at the sea by firing an advanced and all-Iranian Valfajr torpedo”.

He added that in another part of the drills, the naval units of the Army stationed at the vessel units in the sea used electronic warfare drones and anti-radiation ‘Omid’ radar to jam the enemy radars on the coast.

The Iranian Army started the first day of the main phase of the Zolfaqar 1400 joint drills on Sunday with the Air Force’s F-4 bombers destroying ground targets with optimized missiles.

The Iranian Army Air Force’s F-4 bombers carried out long-range flights from their bases to the general zone of the exercises and conducted air refueling operations from the tanker aircraft, destroying ground targets of the hypothetical enemy with optimized missiles, including a new generation of optimized air-to-surface missiles in the general zone of the wargames.

“Using the updated surface-to-air anti-ship missiles at this stage of the exercises, as well as the conduct of operations by young Army Air Force pilots, were among the strong points of this phase of the exercises,” Rear Admiral Mousavi said on Sunday.

“Also in another part of the exercise, F-4 fighter jets successfully fired at mobile naval targets with the aim of supporting the Navy’s surface units,” he added.

Rear Admiral Mousavi said that low-altitude reconnaissance flight of Mirage fighters was another operation carried out in this phase of the exercises, adding that the F-4 fighters of the Army’s Air Force fired 250-pound bombs in support of the Ground Forces in areas captured by hypothetical enemies.

Also, the marines and commandos of the Iranian Army’s Navy and Ground Forces in a joint operation carried out airborne, heliborne and amphibious operations on coastlines of hypothetical enemy and recaptured those areas.

At this stage of the exercises, the marine and commando brigades accompanied by units from the Army Ground Forces, carried out surprise attacks on the surface units of the hypothetical enemy on the Southern coasts of the country.

Dubbed as ‘Zolfaqar 1400’, the joint military exercises of Iran’s Army kicked off on Sunday under the command of the Army’s Zolfaqar base, with observers from the Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base in attendance.

The main phase of the joint drills began with participation of the infantry, armored and mechanized units of the Army Ground Forces, Air Defense Forces’ defense systems, and naval surface vessels with the support of Army Air Force’s fighters and drones in the general zone of Makran Coast.

Monitoring of the country’s airspace and the general training zone in the Southern part of the country by the Air Defense Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, as well as combating hostile targets are among the goals of the wargames, Rear Admiral Mousavi said on Sunday.

Army’s pilots and drones will also carry out air patrol during the wargames, he added.

The ‘Zolfaqar 1400’ joint exercises convey the message of establishment of peace and friendship to the regional countries by reliance on their own capabilities, Rear Admiral Mousavi said, adding that history has shown that the trans-regional states have brought nothing but insecurity, war and occupation to the West Asia region.

Iranian Army’s Deputy Commander for Coordination Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that the main phase of the Army’s Zolfaqar 1400 drills would start on Sunday with the participation of four units.

“The main and operational phase of the Zolfaqar 1400 joint exercises of the Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran will start on Sunday with the participation of the Army’s Ground, Air, Air Defense and Naval forces in an area of one million square kilometers East of the Strait of Hormuz, the Sea of ​​Oman and the North Indian Ocean (up to 10 degrees orbit),” Rear Admiral Sayyari, also the commander of the drills, said on Saturday.

He added that the Army’s infantry, armored and mechanized units, Air Defense, air force defense systems, Navy’s surface vessels and submarines, Army’s Air Force’s fighters and drones have been deployed in the general zone of the drills since days ago and have staged different exercises and the units will carry out the main phases of the joint Zolfaqar 1400 wargames on Sunday,” he added.

Rear Admiral Sayyari noted during the exercises, the Army’s drones, with the capability of electronic warfare and ability to carry a variety of combat and optical equipment cargos will simultaneously perform various planned joint exercises.

“The exercise is meant to send a serious warning message to the enemies and those who intend to harm Iran’s interests on land or in water, while for the friendly and Muslim countries and the dear people of our country, it has a message of hope in the resistance of the Army and other Armed Forces and trust in the capacities of countries to establish and strengthen security in the region without the presence of trans-regional forces,” Rear Admiral Sayyari said.

Addressing the Army commanders during the ‘Zolfaqar 1400’ military drills on Sunday, Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Headquarters Major General Gholam Ali Rashid cautioned the enemies of Iran not to test the will and power of the Iranian Armed Forces.

The enemies should refrain from testing the power of the Army and IRGC, General Rashid said.

He stressed the capabilities and combat readiness of the Iranian, and said, “The Iranian Army and Armed Forces are always ready for a strategic, operational and tactical confrontation with the aim of maintaining the security, stability and territorial integrity of Iran against the coalition of enemies (specifically the US-Zionist coalition).”

Iranian Armed Forces, including IRGC and Army forces, will respond decisively to any threats by any arrogant and aggressor power at any level and from the origin of any country, General Rashid underlined. 

He stated that the Iranian Armed Forces have got familiar with the components of power and the ways how to use them during the Iran-Iraq war, warning the enemies to refrain from testing the strength of the will and power of the Army and IRGC.

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