Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Iran’s Regular Armed Forces to Hold Massive Drills This Week

6-Day Exercises Start on Thursday, Include All Branches of Artesh
Iran’s regular armed forces, Artesh, will stage massive drills on Thursday, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayari announced today. The exercises, code named ‘Mohammad Rasouallah,’ will be joint maneuvers involving Artesh’s Naval, Ground and Air Forces, with the support of Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Forces, and will last for six days, Adm. Sayyari added. The wargames will cover an area east of the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman, the area of responsibility for Iran’s regular Navy. (Fars News Agency, 23 December)

Sayyari said the Armed Forces would deploy units, equipment and weapons to showcase Iran’s military power. The Navy would deploy frigates, submarines, aircraft and helicopters, and anti-ship cruise missiles. It is expected that the Navy would also deploy Naval infantry personnel as in similar exercises previously. The Ground Forces could deploy brigade-sized elements and Special Forces. The Air Force will deploy aircraft, including F-4 Phantoms capable of launching anti-ship cruise missiles.

By the size of the drills announced today, it appears that ‘Mohammad Rasouallah’ would encompass annual Velayat naval exercises and Ground Forces’ annual drills, supported by the Air Force and Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Forces. And these wargames would be the biggest by Artesh in many years.

File photo: IRIF formation of F-14A Tomcats flown from Isfahan’s Shahid Beheshti Tactical Air Base during Military Day 2014; Tehran, April 2014 (IRNA)


Anonymous said...

Iran really needs to buy some modern equipment for its military.

Anonymous said...

Like what exactly?,the only advantage irans neighbors have on paper would be their airforces but these are more than matched by irans ballistic missile forces,not to mention that irans airforce is no pushover,the biggest difference is that irans military is pretty self sufficient unlike its neighbors