0343 GMT May 17, 2021
The Iranian Army’s Public Relations Office released a statement on Sunday, reporting successful conclusion of the exercise codenamead Asheqan-e Velayat 99, according to Press TV.
It said the drills fielded the force’s offensive mobile brigades that have been developed from former mechanized infantry brigades under the Ground Force’s “new structure.”
During the exercises, the involved units that operate as part of the Ground Force’s 164 Offensive Brigade, which is based in the city of Piranshahr in West Azarbaijan Province, drilled nighttime and daytime raids “to display the [forces’] power, combat-readiness, and enhanced mobility.”
The exercise was also intended to enhance the Ground Force’s preparedness for rapid deployment and confrontation against potential sources of threat, the Army said.
The statement said the mobile brigade was being backed up during the exercise by infantry and artillery units as well as the engineers’ corps and drone squadron.
Speaking on the sidelines of the drills, Ground Force Commander, Brigadier General Kioumars Heydari, said the Ground Force’s units had undergone “profound changes” upon the instruction of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
“This means that they have turned into a mobile offensive and rapid response force,” he added.
Heydari said that the Ground Force had managed to “institutionalize” self-sufficiency in various aspects, and was prepared to successfully confront any potential aggressor “within a fraction of time.”
Heydari hailed that the Ground Force had managed to “institutionalize” within itself a quest for self-sufficiency in various aspects, and was prepared to successfully confront any potential aggressor “within a fraction of time.”
In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.
The Islamic Republic has conducted several military drills to enhance the defense capabilities of its Armed Forces and to test modern military tactics and equipment.
Iran says its military might poses no threat to other countries, stating that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.
On October 21, Iran’s Army and Islamic Revolution Guard Corps staged massive aerial exercises aimed at bolstering their preparedness for defending the country’s skies against enemy threats.