Iran is set to test-fire the indigenously-produced mid-altitude missile system Hog on the second day of a joint maneuver involving the country’s Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). The massive seven-day joint maneuver, codenamed Modafe'an-e Aseman-e Velayat 4 (Defenders of the Velayat Skies 4) was launched on Monday in the country's eastern parts. Brigadier General Shahrokh Shahram, the spokesperson for the massive maneuver, said that Iranian forces had successfully detected, identified and intercepted mock enemy aircraft on Tuesday.
The second day of the exercises will also entail a performance evaluation of other Iranian middle-range and low-altitude missile systems as well as artillery capability assessment, including the testing of Oerlikon 35 mm cannon equipped with laser rangefinder.Meanwhile, Commander of Iran's Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili said that the country will unveil three other new indigenously-designed and -produced missile systems in the country’s ongoing military maneuver. General Esmaili said on Tuesday the indigenous missile systems of Ya Zahra 3, Safat and Qader will be unveiled during the drill. Iran has held several major defense drills in recent months amid threats against the country by the Israeli regime and the US. Iran has repeatedly stated that its military might poses no threat to other countries, reiterating that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence. MYA/HMV/HJL