0550 GMT February 24, 2021
The drill, codenamed Eqtedar (Strength) 99, kicked off on the southeastern Makran coast in the presence of Army Chief Major General Seyyed Abdolrahim Mousavi and Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Kioumars Haidari.
“The general goal of this drill is to assess the offensive and penetrative power of the ground forces against the enemy from air, ground and sea,” said Heidari, according to AP.
Airborne brigades, Special Forces and rapid reaction units participated in the annual exercise, along with fighter jets, helicopters and military transport aircraft.
During the maneuver, a variety of tactics designed domestically will be put into operation in order to evaluate the multifold skills of the Ground Force’s professional brigades, Press TV wrote.
Hundreds of paratroopers also parachuted from several C-130 military transport aircraft and landed on designated locations.
They also used equipment such as motorcycles, 107mm rocket launchers and 23mm cannons in the drill area to attack and capture mock targets.
Deputy Commander of the Iranian Army Brigadier General Mohammad Hossein Dadras hailed the Ground Force as a “capable and leading force” in various battlefields.
Today, the Ground Force has achieved considerable operational capabilities in the fields of drones and missiles,” he said. “The power and capabilities of the Iranian Army’s Ground Force in responding to threats will be demonstrated during Eqtedar 99 drill.”
Last week, Iran’s Navy launched massive military exercises in the Sea of Oman, during which it took delivery of a expeditionary transfer dock, a domestically-developed logistics ship that is the country’s largest ever military vessel.