he ground forces of the Iran Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) kicked off the final stage of massive military manoeuvres code-named the ‘Great Prophet-12’ in Qeshm in the Persian Gulf on Saturday.

The eight-day large-scale military drills, which started on December 15 in Tehran and Isfahan, include quick reaction units, special forces, rangers, airborne forces, reconnaissance and unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAVs), engineering units, pin-pointing medium-range missiles, and the IRGC Navy’s Zolfaghar fast attack craft.

Anti-helicopter mines will be used for the first time in the drills, which will take 50 minutes from start to finish.

IRGC Ground Forces Commander Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour stressed that the drills are “strategically defensive,” noting that while Iran poses no threat to any country, it will be ready for counterattacks in face of aggression.

 

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