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Iran Army to hold massive drill in late November

A high-ranking military commander says the Iranian Army's Ground and Air Forces will conduct a massive exercise in late November.

Commander of the Iranian Army's Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan said on Monday that the capabilities of armored and airborne units will be tested in the drill, codenamed Qamar-e Bani Hashem.

He added that asymmetric warfare tactics will be practiced during the war games, and various armored, artillery, airborne and electronic units of the Iranian Army's Ground Forces will participate in the military exercise.

On September 23, Pourdastan stated that week-long Qamar-e Bani Hashem drill will be staged in the southeastern part of Iran in an area covering 250,000 square kilometers. He stressed that advanced domestically designed and manufactured weapons will be tested during the exercise. 

Last month, the Iranian Army staged a large-scale military maneuver with the purpose of countering possible enemy missile attacks.

Commander of Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili said that the five-day Modafe'an-e Aseman-e Velayat 5 (Defenders of the Velayat Skies 5) drill began on October 9, and covered an area of 700,000 square kilometers.

He added that the maneuver was staged in the northwestern, western, central, southwestern and southern parts of the country. Iran’s Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) conducted a joint air defense drill, codenamed Modafe’an-e Aseman-e Velayat 4 (Defenders of the Velayat Skies 4), in November 2012. 

The drill 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 Provinces. Iran has repeatedly stated that its military might poses no threat to other countries, reiterating that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence. 

Tehran maintains that the maneuvers are defensive in nature and meant to convey a message of peace and friendship to regional countries.