Iran is conducting combined military exercises in its southeastern province


Ground forces from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have held joint military exercises in the country’s south-eastern Sistan-Balochistan province.

This is reported by the Iranian news agency Sepah reportThe exercises, titled “Muhammad Rasulullah,” were attended by Basij paramilitary forces, law enforcement agencies and border guards. The military exercises focused on the IRGC’s southeastern Quds base.

Combined tactics were tested using missiles, armor, artillery, drones, attack helicopters, infantry, special forces, and melee units in the combat phase of the exercises.

The joint drills were led by IRGC Quds Base Commander Mohammad Karami, IRGC Ground Forces Commander Mohammad Pakpour, and Ali Shadmani, Deputy Coordinator at IRGC Central Headquarters in Khatam-al Anbiya – a strategic headquarters linked to in charge of planning and planning – oversees coordination of joint military operations within the Iranian Armed Forces.

In recent years, the Iranian Armed Forces have made significant strides in manufacturing a wide range of military equipment and satellite launchers. Despite US warnings about the Islamic Republic’s ballistic arsenal, Tehran has been making new missiles domestically. A United Nations resolution passed in 2015 requires Iran to refrain from working on ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons for up to eight years. The document endorsed the JCPOA, an agreement signed between Tehran and six world powers to limit Iran’s nuclear program.

On January 13th, the Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Forces, Brigadier General Ali Hajizadeh, announced that Iran has successfully tested its solid fuel launch vehicle (SLV).

“The new Iranian SLVs have a non-metallic composite body and their propulsion systems are static, which means more thrust and lower cost,” Hajizadeh said.

At the end of December 2021, the Iranian Ministry of Defense launched one Simorgh SLV with “three research payloads”. The research mission involved the transfer of research equipment at an altitude of 470 kilometers with a launch speed of 7,350 meters per second.

After the launch, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh responded to concerns from US and EU officials about the launch of the satellite carrier. Khatibzadeh called introducing “the inalienable right of the Iranian nation”.

In February 2020, Iran launched a research satellite carrier called “Zoljanah.” The launch vehicle was equipped with a three-stage launcher with “two stages of solid propulsion and one stage of liquid propulsion”. The vehicle is “capable of transporting satellites weighing up to 220 kilograms in a 500-kilometer orbit.” At the time, engineers said the launcher was capable of launching the satellite into orbit after a series of tests.


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