Air Defense Drill Practices High-Precision Targeting

Air defense units of the Army and the IRGC are taking part in a major exercise in a vast area covering 496,000 square kilometers in southern Iran
Domestically developed missile systems are being used in the air defense wargame.Domestically developed missile systems are being used in the air defense wargame.

Air defense forces practiced high-precision targeting of mock enemy aircraft on the second day of a major joint wargame by the Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps.

Defenders of Velayat Skies 7, as the three-day drill is codenamed, kicked off early Monday. On Tuesday, the low- and high-range missile defense systems stationed at the Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base, namely the indigenously-manufactured Mersad and Ya Zahra 3 missile shields, detected, intercepted and destroyed mock airborne targets, Press TV reported.

The missile systems boast increased reconnaissance command and surgical engagement capabilities, thanks to upgrades in their systematic and electronic mechanisms.

The exercise debuted the long-range aerospace telecommunications system named Aseman that provided sustainable contact among units engaged in the drill over a range of 150 kilometers.

The maneuvers take place over an area measuring 496,000 square kilometers in Iran's southern, southeastern and southwestern regions, the airspace above which constitute the country's most frequented ones. They involve around 17,000 military personnel.

The exercise seeks to hone coordination among different divisions of the armed forces to defend the country's airspace.

The first day was split into two stages, the first of which saw various pieces of military hardware being successfully deployed to the designated positions in record time.

The second stage focused on practicing intelligence gathering during reconnaissance missions and capturing aerial footage from designated targets at sea using surveillance drones.

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