Iran’s IRGC holds missile drills
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 8
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is holding missile drills across the country, Iranian state-run IRINN TV reported March 8.
The final stage of the drills started March 8 with firing ballistic missiles from missile silos located in various points across the country.
There are no details on the locations from where the missiles were launched.
Reportedly, the IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari and IRGC Aerospace Force Commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh are present at the drills.
It was earlier announced that the IRGC will hold a drill in late February or in early March with an aim to improve the missile capabilities of Iran's armed forces and maintain their combat readiness.
The precision and power of the country's missile system will be tested in the war game, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, Iranian Armed Forces' chief of staff, said last month.
Tehran held a similar drill last May and tested a series of its newest domestically-made missiles.
Iranian media outlets report that Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems in recent years.
Tehran established an arms development program during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s to counter the weapons embargo imposed on it by the US and its Western allies.