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Iranian Armed Forces to stage military exercises
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_am1(315).jpgTEHRAN – The Iranian Army commander has said that the Iranian Armed Forces will hold a number of military exercises during the current Iranian calendar year, which started on March 21. 
The Army will hold two military exercises in southeastern and southwestern parts of the country, Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said during a press conference held in Tehran on Saturday ahead of National Armed Forces Day, which is annually observed on April 18.   
“All units of the Army will take part in the maneuvers,” he said. 
He also said that a specialized drone exercise and a specialized cyber exercise will be held by the Armed Forces this year. 
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Army commander said that military parades will be held and the country’s new defense achievements will be unveiled on Friday to mark National Armed Forces Day. 
A number new domestically manufactured or upgraded weapons and battle tanks will be unveiled on Friday, he said. 
In addition, he said that the Army is working on several joint projects with the Defense Ministry and the Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps to enhance the range and precision of a number of domestically designed missiles.
The Army plans to increase the range of its missiles after obtaining permission from the office of the chief of the General Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces, he said.  
The commander of Iran’s Khatam-ol-Anbiya Air Defense Base, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaeili, also announced on Saturday that Iran will hold a major air defense exercise this year, which will be significantly different from the previous air defense exercises which have been held in Iran. 

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