Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base prepares to stage a large-scale
military exercise alongside other Armed Forces units in late October
2013, says a senior commander.
“The air defense [base], given the task it shoulders, takes part in all
maneuvers staged by the Armed Forces in addition to the drills it
holds independently,” said Khatam al-Anbiya Commander Brigadier General
Farzad Esmaili on Sunday.
The top commander pointed to an air defense drill held last year,
saying the exercises involved a large number of troops as well as
indigenously-developed air defense systems and were staged in a warm
region of the country.
he underlined, the upcoming air defense drills will be held in a cold
and mountainous region, so that the military units involved will be
able to rehearse their skills in different climatic conditions.
He said all Armed Forces units, including the Islamic Revolution Guards
Corps (IRGC) and Basij Forces, will partake in the exercises.
Esmaili stated that nearly 8,000 military personnel will be directly
involved in the drill, while another 17,000 will provide logistics for
Iran’s Army and the IRGC conducted a joint air defense drill, codenamed
Modafe’an-e Aseman-e Velayat 4 (Defenders of the Velayat Skies 4), in
The maneuvers covered an area of 950,000 square kilometers in the
provinces of Khorasan Razavi, North Khorasan, South Khorasan,
Sistan-and-Baluchestan, Hormuzgan, Kerman and parts of Fars and Yazd
Iran has repeatedly stated that its military might poses no threat to
other countries, reiterating that its defense doctrine is based on
Tehran maintains that the maneuvers are defensive in nature and meant
to convey a message of peace and friendship to regional countries.