The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force kicked off concluded massive military drills dubbed “Modafe'an Harim-e Aseman Velayat” (Defenders of the Velayat Skies) in Semnan province in Northern Iran, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
The new stage of the IRGC’s Aerospace drills kicked off after a five-day preliminary phase.
The massive drills were held in an area of 35,000 square kilometers, and aimed at demonstrating Iran’s power, intelligence command, and defense readiness to counter any threats.
Different types of missile and radar systems, which are designed and manufactured by Iranian experts and engineers with diverse ranges, were used during the exercises.
The missile systems used in the drills included Khordad-III missile system with a range of 75 kilometers and capability of targeting several targets at the same time, Tabas missile system with a range of 60 kilometers also capable of hitting multiple enemy targets and Sayyad-II missile system with range of 75 kilometers and capable of confronting the enemy's electronic warfare.
The radar systems also used in the massive drills included long-range Qadir radar system with a tracking range of up to 1,100 kilometers, Matla al-Fajr radar system with a range of 500 kilometers and capable of tracking different kinds of aircraft and drones and Kavosh radar system with a range of 150 kilometers and capable of tracking air threats at low altitudes, including cruise missiles and different aircraft.
In relevant remarks in late January, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh announced that his forces will take part in a massive military drill in the near future.
“The main aim of the upcoming war game is to display IRGC’s capabilities in producing the home-made military equipment,” General Hajizadeh said, addressing a ceremony in the Northeastern city of Sabzevar.
The senior IRGC Commander reiterated that all the equipment to be used in the war game, including all defensive systems, radars, command centers, and ground-to-air missile equipment, are designed and manufactured by Iranian scientists.
In relevant remarks in mid-December, General Hajizadeh underscored Iran’s self-sufficiency in different defensive fields, and said the country will powerfully continue its progress in manufacturing different missiles.
No matter what the enemies do and even if they try to impose restrictions on Iran, “we will not stop enhancement of our capability, knowledge and production in defense fields, specially the missile industry”, Hajizadeh said, addressing Iranian university officials and professors in Tehran.
Stressing the important role played by universities and academic centers in increasing Iran’s capabilities, he said, “Thanks God, today, we have gained self-sufficiency in different defense fields.”
Hajizadeh had also announced earlier this month that the country has increased the number of its ballistic missiles, while increasing their precision-striking capability.
“In addition to enhancing the precision-striking power and quality of ballistic missiles, the Iranian authorities and experts have used innovative and shortcut methods to produce inexpensive missiles and today, we are witnessing an increase in production of ballistic missiles,” General Hajizadeh said in Tehran.