Iran’s Islamic Revolution’s Guards Corps (IRGC) has concluded the final stage of its missile drill with the firing of the indigenous ‘Persian Gulf’ rocket at mock sea targets.
In the last phase of the missile drill, named ‘the Great Prophet 7,’ the IRGC aerospace forces also bombarded designated targets by jetfighters as well as pilotless aerial drones, IRNA reported Wednesday.
IRGC’s three-day missile drill began Monday in the central Iranian province of Semnan.
The second and major part of the drill was conducted Tuesday when IRGC bomber drones struck their targets in the Lut Desert in northern Semnan, where medium- and short-range missiles also hit “simulations of the transregional forces’ airbases.”
The domestically-built missiles include Shahab (Meteor) 1, 2, 3, Khalij Fars (Persian Gulf), Tondar (Lightning), Fateh (Victor) and Zelzal (Quake) as well as Qiam (Uprising).
Press TV has conducted an interview with Nader Mokhtari, a columnist and commentator, to further talk over the issue. Below is an approximate transcript of the interview.
Mr. Mokhtari, tell us more about this final phase of the Great Prophet 7 maneuvers and also give us your opinion on the overall success of the three-day maneuvers.
The final phase of the maneuvers tends to go for the more sophisticated hardware in Iran’s inventory. We have the surface-to-sea missiles, the Persian Gulf missiles, which are laser- and TV-guided; they are very accurate and they are designed for the Persian Gulf environment, hence the name and there is nothing else, nothing like this in the inventories of other nations that do tend to frequent the Persian Gulf.
We will also probably see firings of the heavier missiles both with liquid fuel and solid fuel propellants such as Qiam, Sajil and the Shahab series missiles. The significance of this really is it is called a live fire exercise.
Iran is just making sure that everything it does works properly and it is testing the innovations in design that it has incorporated in the pasture not the Karrar, the combat drone which is now being equipped with a very sophisticated mission computer so it can operate indigenously and take out targets on its own and without a remote controller.
Mr. Mokhtari, if you may please elaborate on IRGC’s aerospace division commander Mr. Amir Ali Hajizadeh’s comments regarding the capabilities of these maneuvers’ showcase and also how significant is it that all of the arsenal and artillery that were showcased in these maneuvers are indigenous and domestically built?
The IRGC commander’s comments to do with the US bases and Israel; it is just to say that if they have any ill-intentions taken into account the threats that made against Iran that they will face a retaliation and they will face accurate fire from Iran’s missile batteries should they try anything.
So this is really a counter to everything they have been saying. The significance of what Iran does is apparent. Iran is not dependant in any way, shape or form on foreign powers for its defensive requirements in particular in the missile field and in aerospace because it makes its own hardware and that is what sets Iran apart from all the other nations in the region and also that is what makes Iran aware the adversary should anyone have any ill-intentions toward the country.