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Iran's IRGC wraps up 3-day military drill


09:05, February 26, 2013

TEHRAN, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on Monday wrapped up its three-day military exercises in the eastern and southeastern parts of the country.

On Monday, the last day of the maneuvers code-named the Great Prophet 8, IRGC tanks launched massive strikes against the positions of mock enemy, said Press TV.

The IRGC's T72S tanks and BMP2 personnel carriers fired Tondar and Tousan missiles respectively at designated targets after the IRGC air defense units repelled the hypothetical enemy's air support, semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Tondar anti-armor missiles can hit targets in a distance of four kilometers, and Tousan is capable of destroying targets 4.5 km away, said the report.

On Sunday, Press TV, quoting spokesman of the drill General Hamid Sarkheili, reported that the IRGC "successfully" took control of the imaginary enemy's reconnaissance drone during the drill and managed to bring it down.

On Saturday, IRGC's Ground Force tested different asymmetric tactics and various types of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs), including its suicide drones, said Fars.

Sarkheili told reporters that "For the first time, our special modern warfare task forces are conducting specialized operations," and the IRGC forces tested targeting hypothetical enemies' drones and used different types of UAVs in the first day of the drill.

In the drill, "the reconnaissance as well as suicide drones, which are capable of attacking the enemies, have been used and their operational capabilities came under assessment," the spokesman was quoted as saying.

On Saturday, Sarkheili said that, at the first stage of the drill, the participating IRGC units started "stable regional defense" tactics after they were joined by Basij (volunteer) units.

Also, the IRGC's electronic warfare systems successfully identified and thwarted the hypothetical enemy's electronic jamming campaign at this phase of the drill.

Commander of the IRGC Ground Forces, Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, said Wednesday that the three-day drill aimed at testing the latest military equipment of the IRGC, maintaining the forces' preparedness and carrying out asymmetric warfare techniques.

On Monday, Commander of Iran's Army Ground Forces, Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan, announced that the Iranian army will also hold a military exercise in the southwest of the country by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20), Tehran Times daily reported.

Different units of the army, including the infantry, artillery and armored, will take part in the drill, said Pourdastan.

The specialized military exercise will aim to enhance the defensive readiness of Iran's armed forces against enemy threats, said the commander, adding that the armed forces have an active presence in the region and keep all the movements of regional and non-regional forces under surveillance.

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