|IRGC begins military exercise in southeastern Iran||
TEHRAN - A three-day exercise of ground troops of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, entitled the Great Prophet 8, started on Saturday in the southeastern Iranian province of Kerman.
In the first stage of the war games, IRGC forces entered the theater of operation under the covering fire of artillery units and aircraft using intelligence provided by drones and fired directly at mock enemy targets, Brigadier General Hamid Sarkheili, the spokesman for the exercise, said.
He also said that electronic warfare systems managed to detect and deal with most of the jamming signals that had been sent by enemy forces to disrupt multilayered communications systems used by friendly forces.
IRGC forces also engaged in a battle with mock enemy heliborne troops and destroyed enemy helicopters using shoulder-fired missiles, he said.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the general said that surveillance drones and “suicide” drones, which are capable of attacking mock enemy targets, would be used during the maneuvers.
In addition, Sarkheili said that the latest domestically designed weapons and pieces of military hardware would become operational on Sunday.
IRGC Ground Forces Commander Mohammad Pakpour said on Wednesday that the war games would be held to provide ground troops with an opportunity to practice defensive plans and asymmetric warfare tactics.
He also said that new advanced pieces of military hardware, which had recently been delivered to the IRGC Ground Forces, and new telecommunications and electronic warfare systems would be used and tested during the exercise.
He added that the other purpose of the drill was to assess the preparedness and capabilities of various IRGC units.
The IRGC held a three-day missile exercise, entitled the Great Prophet 7, in the heart of the Semnan desert in north central Iran in July 2012.
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