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IRGC fires ‘Persian Gulf’ missile in drill
Wed Jul 4, 2012 11:57AM
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The concluding phase of a missile drill by the Islamic Revolution’s Guards Corps (IRGC) has been underway with the firing of Iran’s indigenous ‘Persian Gulf’ rocket at mock sea targets.
Iran’s Islamic Revolution’s Guards Corps (IRGC) has concluded the final stage of its missile drill with the firing of the indigenous ‘Persian Gulf’ rocket at mock sea targets.

In the last phase of the missile drill, named ‘the Great Prophet 7,’ the IRGC aerospace forces also bombarded designated targets by jetfighters as well as pilotless aerial drones, IRNA reported Wednesday.
IRGC’s three-day missile drill began Monday in the central Iranian province of Semnan.

The second and major part of the drill was conducted Tuesday when IRGC bomber drones struck their targets in the Lut Desert in northern Semnan, where medium- and short-range missiles also hit “simulations of the transregional forces’ airbases.”

The domestically-built missiles include Shahab (Meteor) 1, 2, 3, Khalij Fars (Persian Gulf), Tondar (Lightning), Fateh (Victor) and Zelzal (Quake) as well as Qiam (Uprising).

Deputy Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami said the military maneuvers were a firm response to those that threaten Iran with the option of military action.

He added that the “main goal of this drill was to demonstrate the Iranian nation’s political resolve to defend [its] vital values and national interests.”

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and gained self-sufficiency in essential military hardware and defense systems.

Iran has repeatedly assured other nations, especially regional neighbors, that its military might poses no threat to other countries, insisting that the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.


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