TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s P3F anti-submarine and maritime surveillance planes are flying over the country’s Southern waters to discover sub-surface vessels on the first day of the massive drills underway by the Iranian army in the Strait of Hormuz and Northern Indian Ocean, a senior commander announced on Thursday.
“The P3F planes will carry out marine patrols and drop sonobuoy (an expendable sonar system that is dropped/ejected from aircraft or ships conducting anti-submarine warfare or underwater acoustic research) to discover and detect enemy’s subsurface vessels from the Strait of Hormuz to the Sea of Oman,” Air Force Spokesman for Mohammad Rasoulallah (PBUH) Drills General Hossein Chitforoush told reporters today.
Different units of the Iranian Army’s Ground Force, Navy, Air Force and Air Defense launched massive joint military drills in the Southern and Southeastern parts of the country on Thursday.
Also, Commander of the Iranian Ground Force’s Vali-e Asr Drone Group Colonel Reza Khaki elaborated on the drones used by the Army during the Mohammad Rasoulallah (PBUH) drills, and said all the UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to be used in the exercises will relay real-time images to the wargames command center.
Meantime, he underlined that “all Iranian drones are equipped with the capability to send online images”.
The six-day military exercises codenamed Mohammad Rasoulallah (PBUH) will cover an area of 2.2 million square kilometers from the East of the Strait of Hormuz to the Southern parts of the Gulf of Aden.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s might will be displayed in joint wargames, named Mohammad Rasoulallah , by the Army’s Ground, Naval and Air Forces and with the support of Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base,” Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced on Tuesday.
Sayyari said the Naval Forces would use different types of military equipment and weapons in the exercises to show Iran’s power in water.
The Iranian commander added that various types of warships, destroyers, submarines, missiles, aircraft and helicopters would be used in the drills in a show of Iran’s naval might and power.
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