Saturday, September 26, 2009

Imminent IRGC Ballistic Missile Exercises

The Iranians have scheduled another show of strength for tomorrow, Sept. 27. From Fars News Agency:

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Air Force is scheduled to stage massive missile exercises tomorrow, an IRGC statement announced on Saturday. In the statement, the IRGC underlined that the wargames, codenamed as "Payambar-e Azam 4 (The Great Messenger)", are aimed at exercising annual and regular defense programs as well as maintaining and promoting the deterrent power of the Islamic Republic Armed Forces.

Western nations opposed to Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions are certain to react negatively toward this display of Iranian military deterrence. It is sure to ratchet up tensions even further before the Oct. 1 talks in Geneva, Switzerland.

It will be interesting to see which missile types take part in the wargame.