1025 GMT March 21, 2019
During the final stage of the “Eqtedar” drills on Saturday, the combat engineers created a line of explosion six kilometers long to block the forward movement of the mock enemy’s personnel carriers and armored vehicles, Tasnim News Agency reported.
A commander said the military engineering units had been deployed to the drill zone 10 days in advance of the exercise to design and prepare the line of explosion and plant remote-controlled bombs.
In another operation on Saturday, two F-7 fighter-bombers of Iran’s Air Force were scrambled to hit the enemy’s armored equipment with smart bombs.
During the operations, the Army’s Ground Force’s fixed and mobile artillery units practiced hitting the enemy’s positions with smart and precise shells with a range of 10 to 30 kilometers.
The final phase of the maneuver, involving 12,000 assault forces from all units of the Army’s Ground Force, began on Saturday morning with Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi in attendance.
Troops from the artillery, armored unit, rapid reaction forces, mechanized infantry, combat engineering, telecommunication and electronic warfare, and airborne unit have been arrayed in the operation zone with the support of Iran’s Air Force fighter jets.
During the first stage of the exercise on Friday, the airborne unit’s drones and choppers carried out a reconnaissance mission before troops from the 55th Airborne Brigade and the 25th Rapid Reaction Brigade parachuted into the target zone from CH-47 Chinook and Bell 214 helicopters.
Iran’s Armed Forces hold routine military exercises throughout the year.
Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran’s defense capabilities will be never subject to negotiations.