Iran begins air defence maneuvers to increase protection at nuclear facilities
The air defense maneuvers, entitled Sarallah, began in southern Iran on Monday, Tehran Times quoted the public relations department of the Khatam-ol-Anbiya Air Defense Base as announcing.
According to the statement, the maneuvers are meant to enhance the country's integrated network of air defense with a focus on modern defensive tactics.
The other purpose of the war games is to increase the country's preparedness in the face of military threats, particularly possible attacks on densely populated areas, sensitive and vulnerable centers, and nuclear facilities.
The exercises are also aimed at increasing the mobility of rapid response forces to engage in asymmetric warfare and improving coordination between air defense units of various forces in order to provide the country with wide air defense coverage.
During the four-day maneuvers, domestically manufactured advanced missile systems, air defense artillery systems, various radar systems, and Air Force surveillance aircraft will be used and tested.
Air defense units of the Armed Forces and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and the lookouts of the National Police and the Basij volunteer forces will carry out the exercises under the command of the Khatam-ol-Anbiya Air Defense Base.
Iran has recently increased military exercises as international tensions grow over its alleged nuclear weapons programme, with Israel saying it has not ruled out the possibility of military strikes.