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IRGC wraps up 3-day maneuvers in eastern Iran

Iran Press TV

Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:27PM GMT

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has wrapped up its ground and air military exercises codenamed Payambar-e Azam 8 (The Great Prophet 8) in the eastern part of the country.

On the last day of the maneuvers on Monday, IRGC tanks launched massive strikes against the positions of the mock enemy.

The drills were held in the eastern regions of the country, including the cities of Kerman and Sirjan.

On the final day of the war games, the IRGC forces used Tondar and Tosan anti-armor missiles, anti-helicopter Katyusha rocket launchers, new tank shells, anti-aircraft guns, 20mm, 23mm and 30mm autocannons as well as different types of reconnaissance and combat drones.

The three-day drills also involved the use of various techniques and tactics of passive defense in asymmetric warfare.

During the Payambar-e Azam 8 maneuvers, the IRGC Ground Forces attacked mock enemy positions using intelligence provided by surveillance drones. Special modern warfare units conducted drills and various types of unmanned aerial vehicles were also tested.

Over the past few years, Iran has held several military drills to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military tactics and equipment.

Last November, Iran's Army and the IRGC conducted a joint drill, codenamed Modafe'an-e Aseman-e Velayat 4 (Defenders of the Velayat Skies 4). The exercises covered an area of 950,000 square kilometers in northeast, southeast, south and central Iran.

The IRGC also held a three-day missile drill dubbed 'The Great Prophet 7' in the central Iranian province of Semnan in July 2012.


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