Army launches massive drone drills

Iran’s Army on Wednesday launched wargames to test combat and reconnaissance drones in an area that covered most of the country’s territory as well as the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.

The two-day large-scale drone drills involve 150 homemade drones.

On the first day of the maneuvers, the unmanned aerial vehicles, operated by the Ground Force, Navy, Air Force and Air Defense Force, successfully carried out reconnaissance and patrol missions in border areas and international waters, drills’ spokesman Seyyed Mahmoud Mousavi told national TV.

The missions were conducted by Yasir, Sadeq, Ababil-3, Yazdan and Mohajer-6 drones as well as Pelican vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, which showcase only a small part of Iran’s drone capabilities, he added.

“Due to the expansion of unmanned aerial capabilities, execution of various and numerous drone missions and the need to coordinate such flights, the Army has as set up a command and control network for the drone operations,” Mousavi said, according to Press TV.

“This exercise exhibits only a small fraction of the achievements made by the Islamic Republic of Iran Army in connection with domestically-developed drones,” he pointed out.

The headquarters of the drills is located in the central Isfahan Province.

Omid stealth drone and the Karrar-class UAV, both capable of being equipped with different kinds of bombs and rockets, are among the UAVs to be tested in the exercises, Mousavi said.

On the sidelines of the drills, Deputy Chief of the Iranian Army for Coordination Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said a number of drones will be tested in “special and difficult conditions” and will be evaluated in “surveillance and reconnaissance, electronic warfare and combat” missions.

“This is the first time that joint drone drills are conducted at the level of the four forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Army and the country’s Joint Air Defense Base,” he added.

Sayyari said drones have proved themselves to be effective in recent wars such as the conflicts between Azerbaijan and Armenia and the war between Ukraine and Russia.

Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made substantial headways in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.

Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran’s defense capabilities will never be subject to negotiations.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has repeatedly called for efforts to maintain and boost Iran’s defense capabilities, hitting back at the enemies for disputing the country’s missile program.






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