IRGC to launch Val Fajr military drills in central Iran

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) are to launch new military drills codenamed “Val Fajr” in the Markazi Desert near the city of Yazd.

Commander of the IRGC Ground Forces Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said on Saturday that the maneuvers are part of annual drills staged by the IRGC to increase the preparedness of its military units.

He added that presenting part of the IRGC capability to counter possible threats of extra-regional enemies is another goal of the drills, which will be the last military maneuvers by the IRGC during the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21, 2011).

The commander stated that bolstering the IRGC’s defensive and deterrence abilities and promoting its defensive capabilities, as well as implementing modern defensive tactics, and taking advantage of advanced indigenous military equipment are other objectives of the drills.

“Participating forces…will increase their combat and spiritual preparedness to counter possible threats and dangers…and will prove their capabilities to the enemies…by taking advantage of the most advanced defensive methods,” he added.

On February 12, Pakpour announced IRGC plans to stage new military exercises before the end of the current Iranian calendar year.

He went on to say that the IRGC is completely prepared to respond to at any act of aggression against the Islamic Republic.

Last month, the IRGC staged Shohaday-e Vahdat (Martyrs of Unity) maneuvers in the vicinity of Khaf city in east Iran, to enhance the combat capabilities of IRGC armored forces and to practice asymmetric war tactics against mock enemy.

The IRGC Ground Forces also carried out Hamiyan-e Velayat (Supporters of the Just Jurisprudent) from February 4 to 5 near Jahrom city in southern Iran in which all the elements of aerial combat were put into practice.

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