Iran Tests Modern Anti-Air Missile Systems in Drills


Iran tested its state-of-the-art missile systems in its large-scale air defense drills codenamed Modafe’an-e Aseman-e Velayat 7 in the Southern parts of the country on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s military drills included the participation of the forces debuting the Talash (Endeavor) missile defense system on the Southern Khark Island to destroy mock intruding drones. 

Wednesday marked the third and final day of Modafe’an-e-Aseman-e Velayat 7 maneuvers featuring weapons of the Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

On Tuesday, two home-made missile defense systems, Talash (Endeavor) and S-200, were deployed in Southern Iran during the second day of massive air defense drills underway in the region.

This is the first time that a Talash missile defense system has been deployed in the Southern parts of the country.

The two defense shields are due to fire missiles at simulated enemy targets in the next stages of the 5-day wargames.

The Iranian Armed Forces exercised combat operations and electronic warfare tactics on the first day of the massive Air Defense wargames on Monday.

“In the first stage of the Air Defense drills codenamed Modafe’an-e Aseman-e Velayat 7, different missile, artillery, radar, electronic tapping, communication and monitoring systems and equipment of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base earlier stationed in the drills zone were deployed in specified positions,” Spokesman of the drills, Brigadier General Abbas Farajpour, told reporters on Monday.

He said that forces also exercised deterrent psychological operations and crisis management against modern battling tactics and electronic warfare.

According to General Farajpour, the Iranian Armed Forces also carried out sensitive tactical missions and used different communication and low, mid and long-altitude missile systems during the operations in the Monday drills.

Different units of the Iranian Armed Forces participated in the air defense wargames which kicked off on Monday.

The drills started at the order of Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli in the Southern province of Bushehr.

On Sunday, General Esmayeeli warned foreign, specially trans-regional, fighter jets and planes flying over areas near Iran not to approach the regions of Air Defense wargames.

“The 5-day massive drills codenamed ‘Modafe’an-e Asseman-e Velayat-e 7 will start tomorrow morning in a 496,000 sq/km region from Ahwaz and Shiraz to Kerman, Bushehr, Hormozgan, the trio (Iranian) Islands (Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb and the Lesser Tunb), Kish Island and Khark Island and the air borders of all these regions,” General Esmayeeli told reporters in a press conference in Tehran on Sunday.

He added that the Air Defense forces of the army, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), the Navy’s operational control units, the army and the IRGC’s artillery units, some units of Basij (volunteer forces) and the Law Enforcement Police and F4 warplanes of the Air Force will participate in the exercises.

Noting that the wargames will be held in Iran’s most sensitive regions, General Esmayeeli said, “Of course, we are witnessing the presence of a number of trans-regional planes outside the air and sea borders of the country but we emphasize that these planes should know their limits and know that we will take action in less than one second. They should fully keep away from the drills zone.”

He stressed that advanced electronic warfare systems will be used in the Air Defense drills, and added that different radar systems, electronic tapping systems and missile systems (low, mid and high altitudes) in different frequencies will also be used in the wargames by the army and the IRGC.

On Monday, General Farajpour told reporters that the agility and tactical independence of regions where the air defense systems have been deployed will be assessed during the first stage of the wargames.

“Using the army and the IRGC missile and communication systems’ operational capability in a combined manner and coordinately and development of integrity, might and integrity under Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base’s command and control network are among the most important goals of the joint wargames,” he added.