IRGC displays firepower as three-day drills come to close
Iran Press TV
Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:13AM
Ground Forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) partake in the third and final day of military drills in northeastern Iran, practicing the use of heavy artillery fire to destroy enemy targets.
The Payambar-e-A'azam (Great Prophet) 11 drills started on Monday, with the motto of "the demonstration of power and enduring stability." The maneuvers feature the IRGC's drone, artillery, air defense, and infantry units.
The final stage took place on Wednesday in Taybad County of Khorasan Razavi Province, where the IRGC's Saberin Special Forces Brigade struck mock enemy positions and vehicles.
The operation was being backed by the Corps' rocket fire units, which launched state-of-the-art and precision-guided projectiles at designated targets.
The IRGC's T-72 tank units, Boraq personnel carriers (the modified Iranian version of Russian BMP-1 fighting vehicles) and BMP-2 armored vehicles were also used in the maneuvers.
IRGC Ground Forces also practiced reconnaissance missions using the Corps' drones.
Also assisting the simulated warfare were heliborne aerial firepower and reconnaissance flights.
The drills' spokesman Brigadier-General Ali Akbar Pourjamshidian, described the heliborne operations as "successful" and said the maneuvers, which serve "defense and security" purposes, are meant to enhance the IRGC's preparedness in the face of enemy threats.
"The message carried by these drills is preparedness and awareness. We are prepared to confront whatever threat posed to the Islamic Republic's establishment. Of course, the Zionist regime [of Israel] is not of such proportions [to pose any such threats]," the IRGC commander said.
The first stage of the maneuvers similarly witnessed defensive operations using smart rockets and surgical attacks, while the Force practiced defending residential areas during simulated urban warfare in the second phase.
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