Iran Begins Exercises Simulating Enemy Attack

On February 4, the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force began a series of military drills and exercises in the Semnan province in northern Iran. The drills included testing various long-range rocket systems including the Khordad-III, Tabasm, and Sayyad-II. The drills also tested the Qadir, Matla al-Fajr, and Kavosh radar systems used for air defense. Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force, claimed that the exercise was meant to simulate the conditions of an enemy offensive, and that the 35,000 square km drill area took five days to prepare for the war game. General Hajizadeh also stressed that all of the missile systems and radars were domestically developed by Iranian scientists, and that despite internationally imposed sanctions on Iran, it “will not stop enhancement of [its] capability, knowledge and production in defense fields, especially the missile industry.” General Hajizadeh also announced that, “Iranian authorities and experts have used innovative and shortcut methods to produce inexpensive missiles and today, we are witnessing an increase in production.”