Iran’s Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf highly lauded the Great Prophet 15 wargames staged by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and warned enemies of Iran’s overwhelming response to any hostile move.
“Once they [enemies] would mockingly say, ‘How can a Basiji make a missile?”, Qalibaf wrote in Farsi on his Twitter account, adding, “This is a response to all those who cannot see a powerful Iran and cannot believe that the Army of Elephants [referring to Surah Al-Fil of the holy Quran] is pounded like trampled leaves in a blink of an eye.”
Iran’s Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf
“We are boastful of the persons like [Martyr] Tehrani Moqaddam, Hajizadeh, and all those who increase Iran’s deterrence with production of power,” he added.
Islamic Revolution Guards Corps started the first phase of the Great Prophet 15 wargames with the IRGC Aerospace Force’s massive missile launch and drone operations in the Central Desert of Iran on Friday.
The first stage of the Great Prophet (Payambar-e Azam) 15 drills of the IRGC kicked off on Friday morning with the codename of “Ya Fatimah al-Zahar”, during which ground-to-ground ballistic missiles were fired and offensive drone bombers operations were put into action in the general area of Iran’s Central Desert.
During the drills that began in the presence of IRGC Commander Major General Hossein Salami, IRGC Aerospace Commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh and a number of senior commanders and officials of the Iranian Armed Forces, a new generation of ground-to-ground ballistic missiles and drones were used in compound offensive against hypothetical enemy bases, destroying all the specified targets.
During this stage of the wargames, after the attack of the IRGC Aerospace’s offensive bomber drones from all sides to the missile shield of the hypothetical enemy and complete destruction of targets, the new generation of the IRGC ballistic missiles of the classes of Zolfaqar, Zelzal and Dezful were mass fired at targets dealing fatal blows to the hypothetical enemy bases.
The missiles were Multiple Re-entry Vehicles (MRVs) with the capability of jamming and going through the enemy missile shield.
Great Prophet (Payambar-e Azam) wargames are annual missile tests and exercises conducted by Iran’s IRGC. The first series of the wargames began in July 2008.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
The Iranian Armed Forces several times a year test their preparedness and capabilities as well as newly-manufactured weapons systems in different wargames.
The Iranian Armed Forces recently test-fire different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of home-made weapons, tools and equipment, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircrafts, UAVs and air defense and electronic systems, during massive military drills.
Iranian officials have always stressed that the country’s military and arms programs serve defensive purposes.
Defense analysts and military observers say that Iran’s wargames and its advancements in weapons production have proved as a deterrent factor.