The Iranian Army started its first large-scale drone combat wargames in Semnan province on Tuesday with the participation of hundreds of drones used by the Ground Force, Air Force and Navy, Deputy Chief of Operations of Iran’s Army Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi said.
“Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the able and most powerful countries in the field of drone production,” Admiral Mousavi said, adding that various types of sophisticated drone systems used in the Army’s Ground, Air, and Naval Defense will perform their predesigned missions in real combat conditions, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
“UAV combat operations including air interception and destruction of aerial targets using air-to-air missiles, destruction of ground targets using bombs and pinpoint missiles, as well as widespread use of suicide drones, are among the measures that will be carried out in the operational part of this two-day exercise,” he added.
“The flight of naval drones from a vessel in southern waters of the country, long-range flight of pinpointing suicide drones to destroy vital targets in the depths of enemy’s soil will be one of the drone combat exercise plans,” he further elaborated.
“Participation of UAV units from other parts of the country and monitoring land, air and sea borders are among the other important measures that will be taken in this large-scale drone combat exercise,” he added.
Some UAV equipment, achievements, and subsystems produced by the experts of the Army and defense industry were also unveiled in an exhibition in the presence of the Chief-of-Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri and a number of Army Commanders.
Major General Baqeri paid a visit to the Army drone units consisting of hundreds of UAVs deployed in an area stretching over one square kilometer.
The drones included the Army’s pilotless operation, combat, interception, detection, surveillance, organic war, suicide UAVs of all the four forces of the Army.
The displayed UAVs, enjoying various kinds of combat and logistic multi-rotors, are capable of launching operations under the electronic war conditions and are also equipped with jamming systems and deception radars.
Some of the unveiled drones were the recent products of the Iranian Army.
Deputy Commander of Iran’s Army Brigadier General Mohammad Hossein Dadras said that his country has become a regional and trans-regional superpower in drones production.
“Despite the sanctions, Iran has made significant progress in designing and producing various defense equipment, especially in the field of drones,” Dadras said.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Army always, in accordance with the threats of trans-regional countries and enemies, takes initiatives to update equipment,” he noted.
In a relevant event in September 2020, Commander of Vali-e Asr drone group of the Army Ground Force Brigadier General Shahram Hassannejad said that Iran is standing among the 5 best producers of drones in the world.
“We are one of the 5 superior countries in the world in area of drone [technology],” General Hassannejad said on Wednesday September 30.
“Today, all drones used by the Islamic Republic of Iran's Army and Armed Forces are fully produced inside the country and no part is imported,” he added.