Military expert terms Iranian army drills message to terrorists in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent military expert underlined that the Iranian Army Ground, Air and Air Defense Forces’ massive military exercises codenamed Muharram staged in the Western parts of the country this week sent a powerful message to the terrorists in Syria.

“The wargames in Northwestern Iran were aimed at strengthening the plan presented by Iran (on Syria), reinvigorate the Syrian army advances and its operations and announce preparedness to confront any threat to the successes and achievements in Syria,” Retired Lebanese Army General and Military Expert Ali Maqsoud told FNA on Wednesday.

“Actually Iran’s drills convey big messages saying that the quadrilateral (Iran, Syria, Russia and Iraq) anti-terrorism coalition is ready to fight against any challenge and any country which helps the terrorist groups in Syria and Iran will confront the supporters of terrorism in Syria,” he added.

The two-day massive military exercises ended in Tehran on Tuesday.

Different units of Ground Force, Air Force and Air Defense participated in the massive wargames.

The drills which were staged in the Western and Northwestern provinces of Iran were aimed at enhancing the country’s defensive power, practicing modern trainings and assessing the forces’ swift reaction and use of state-of-the-art equipment.

In the last day of the drills, an F4 fighter jet tracked a drone of hypothetical enemy and destroyed it with a high-precision air-to-air missile.

Also the Iranian Air Force’s fighter jets exercised aerial refueling for their long-range missions and attacked the specified targets in the drills zone.

Tracing the fighter jets of the hypothetical enemy by the Air Defense Base’s home-made advanced radar systems under the supervision of an integrated radar network was another part of the second day of the drills.

Also the Air Force’s ultra-light planes and drones were extensively used in the second phase of the wargames to track and destroy the simulated targets.

The Iranian Army also successfully fired Shalamcheh ground-to-air missiles from Mersad missile defense system during the drills and destroyed the targets. Mersad systems then exercised rapid relocation after firing the missiles.

During the first day of exercises on Monday, the Iranian army forces for the first time tested the home-made command-and-control system, ‘Fakour’ (Thoughtful).

The tactical command-and-control system can collect information from all databases and information gathering centers linked to the air defense system, passive and active radars, missile systems and other close command-and-control centers to provide an integrated image and map of the region to command and control all land-based and air-based defense systems fully independently.

The system which was unveiled in May is mobile and can be deployed in any region and under harsh geographical conditions and has a wide range of applications in electronic warfare. Utilizing an exclusive microwave network and the national fiber-optic and wired and wireless communication network as well as real-time assurance of target interception and destruction are among other capabilities of the smart system.

Also on the first day of exercises, an optic artillery system named ‘Safat’ shot down a drone with a low radar cross section flying over Khondab nuclear site.

In the main phase of Muharram exercises, the quick reaction forces of the army carried out operations using snipers and different equipment, including RPG 29.

They also destroyed simulated enemy armored vehicles using home-made anti-armor high-precision Dehlaviyeh missile systems.

Iran’s Army and IRGC hold regular wargames to practice combat tactics and also test new home-made military tools, equipment and weapons in action.

The Iranian Armed Forces have recently test-fired different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of home-made weapons, tools and equipment, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircrafts, UAVs and air defense and electronic systems, during massive military drills.

Defense analysts and military observers say that Iran’s wargames and its advancements in weapons production have proved as a deterrent factor

Yet, Iranian officials and commanders have repeatedly underlined that all military exercises and trainings of the Iranian Armed Forces are merely meant to serve deterrent purposes.

Earlier this month, the Iranian Air Force conducted exercises codenamed “Fadaeeyan-e Harim-e Velayat-5′ in the province of Isfahan in Central Iran.

A variety of Air Force fighter jets, fighter bombers, transport planes, reconnaissance aircraft and refueling planes took part in the military maneuvers on October 5.

Reconnaissance drones also took part in identifying the region and enemy targets, and military commanders prepared their plans for the drills on the basis of the data gathered by the reconnaissance drones.

Brigadier General Massoud Rouzkhosh, spokesman of the Fadaeeyan-e Harim-e Velayat-5, said that Sokhoi 24 with long-range operations capabilities, F4, F5, F7, Mig 29 and F14 aircraft as well as Boeings 707 and 747 and different types of drones and C130 transport planes took part in the exercises.

On September 22, the Iranian Armed Forces displayed the country’s latest home-made long-range and ballistic missiles during the annual military parades in Tehran and across the country on Tuesday.

The Iranian forces displayed various types of home-made ballistic and long-range missiles, including Sejjil and Qadr missiles.

By Fars News agency