Precision-strike combat drones as well as sophisticated ballistic and cruise missiles have played a major role in the large-scale military exercises that Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) is holding in an area stretching along the southern shores of the country.
On Tuesday and the second day of the Great Prophet 17 joint drills, the IRGC aerospace forces flew unmanned aerial vehicles, and the aircraft struck a series of fixed and mobile targets on the ground and in the sea using bombs with pinpoint accuracy.
Attack helicopters provided close air support (CAS) and fired accurately at the designated targets.
Troops practiced coastal defense exercises and anti-heliborne tactics as well.
Additionally, IRGC forces launched volleys of various surface-to-surface, anti-ship missiles, and coast-to-sea ballistic missiles against vessels, facilities, and bases of the hypothetical enemy and destroyed them as planned.
IRGC naval units also utilized domestically-developed offshore and onshore air defense systems against hostile drones.
Moreover, the participating divisions fired advanced anti-ship cruise missiles simultaneously from the coast and Zolfaqar-class fast attack craft and struck the enemy’s vessels.
In another operation, two Sukhoi Su-17 fighter bombers hit designated targets on the ground.
The Great Prophet 17 drills kicked off on Monday, covering the coastlines of the southern Iranian provinces of Hormozgan, Bushehr, and Khuzestan.
The IRGC Deputy Chief of Operations and spokesman for the joint drills Brigadier General Abbas Nilforoushan said the military exercises involve various IRGC units, such as the aerospace force and the cyber-electronic division.
He noted that the participating units will carry out offensive operations so as to destroy the hypothetical enemy’s sources of attacks.
Iran’s Armed Forces hold routine military exercises throughout the year.
Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great progress in developing and manufacturing a broad range of domestically-manufactured equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in this regard.
Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the Islamic Republic will not hesitate to build up its defense capabilities, emphasizing such abilities are entirely meant for the purpose of defense and will be never subject to negotiations.