Commander: IRGC ground force to stage massive drills soon

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour announced that his forces are scheduled to stage massive wargames in the second half of the current Iranian year (i.e. September 23, 2013-March 20, 2014).

“The IRGC Ground Force will stage drills by the end of the current year,” Pakpour told reporters in Tehran on Saturday evening.

In relevant remarks in August, Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli announced that the Iranian Armed Forces are scheduled to stage massive wargames in October.

“A wargame in a vast area of the country will be held with the participation of forces from the Army, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Basij (volunteer forces) and law enforcement forces in October,” Brigadier General Esmayeeli said.

In July, Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan announced that his armored brigades would stage massive wargames in Southeastern Iran in late October.

Pourdastan voiced pleasure in the results of the assessments made over the recent Beitol-Moghaddas 25 Wargames in the Central Isfahan province, saying that the exercises succeeded in achieving all its desired objectives.

“The Ground Force programs for the year 1392 (March 2013-March 2014) include more wargames, such as the drills of armored units in Southeastern Iran, followed by infantry exercises in the Western parts of the country and tank-patterns exercises,” he said.

“Alongside these drills, we aim to reinvigorate the training of our forces and meantime enhance the operational capacities of the Ground Force for confronting threats in asymmetric battles,” added the Ground Force commander.

The Iranian Ground Force conducted Beit ol-Moqaddas 25 in the general zone of Isfahan from May 20 to 24 in a bid to boost its units’ military preparedness and exercise different asymmetric tactics.

Lieutenant Commander of Ground Force for Training General Hossein Shokouhi told FNA at the time that different army units, including air force, airborne, infantry, armored, cavalry, artillery, air-defense, drone, communications and logistical units participated in the wargames.

Shokouhi further noted that during the drills, the Iranian army tested its latest home-made weapons and equipment, including the newly unveiled Shaher sniper rifle, Neinava tactical vehicle, optimized Scorpion tanks, anti-chopper launchers, Fadak wireless radio and Akhgar machinegun.

By Fars News Agency

 

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