Iranian army deploying air and ground weapon systems in large military exercise


On Friday, October 27, the Iranian army started a two-day drill with all units of its ground forces in Isfahan province, in the center of the country, Gianluca Pacchiani reports in The Times of Israel, echoing a tweet from Iran Nuances.
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Firing of an Almas anti-tank missile (Picture source: Twitter account of Iran Nuances)


During the main stage of the drill, the army’s mobile assault brigades, armored divisions and squadrons of helicopters fired upgraded versions of Shafaq, Almas and Dehlaviyeh missiles to strike targets at a range of 8 to 20 km, according to Iranian news agency Tasnim. The commander of the Air Force, Yousef Ghorbani, announced on the sidelines of the drill, codenamed Eghtedar (Authority) 1402, that 200 military helicopters participated in the exercise. These have been equipped with jamming systems, night vision capabilities, long-range missiles, and precision-guided munitions, upgrading the Iranian Army Aviation to the “undisputed helicopter power” in West Asia, Ghorbani boasts to Iranian state media.

The Shafaq missile is one of the newest weapons products for use with the Cobra attack helicopters. It has been used on Iranian Army Aviation helicopters for a few years. This missile is one of the achievements of the Army Ground Self-Sufficiency Research and Jihad Organization. Shafaq was first seen under the fuselage of a Karrar drone during the visit of then-President Hassan Rouhani to the Ministry of Defense on March 1, 2014. But a few years later, Brigadier-General Yousef Ghorbani, Commander of the Army Air Force, announced on April 16, 2018, the unveiling of the Shafaq missile as one of the operational missiles of the day and required by the Air Force helicopters in the parade on April 18 (Army Day).

Alams anti-tank missile is a complete Iranian replica of the Israeli Spike. It was introduced in 2021.

The Dehlavieh is an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) made by the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics. It is considered to be an unlicensed copy of the Russian 9M133 Kornet, which has the same guidance, outer appearance and published performance.

The DIO Arash kamikaze drone, or Arash 2 is a long-range loitering munition in service since 2020. It is claimed to have a 2,000 km strike range.


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The DIO Arash kamikaze drone, or Arash 2, is a long-range loitering munition in service since 2020 (Picture source: Twitter account of Iran Nuances)


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Alams anti-tank missile is a complete Iranian replica of the Israeli Spike (Picture source: Twitter account of Iran Nuances)


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