Hundreds of drones were presented and tested as part of a two-day event held in the northern province of Semnan.
According to Mahmoud Mousavi, deputy chief of army operations, the exercise included aerial targeting and destruction of targets using air-to-air missiles, striking ground targets with bombs and missiles. and the use of loitering ammunition – also known as “kamikaze drones”.
“Flying army naval drones over ships in the country’s southern waters and stealing precision munitions to destroy high-value targets at long range deep in enemy territory will be among the other objectives. drilling, ”he told IRNA.
Announcing the exercise a day earlier, deputy head of the Iranian military, Brigadier General Mohammad Hossein Dadras, said Iran had succeeded in producing a variety of unnamed aerial vehicles despite US sanctions.
“The armed forces will prove that they are ready to respond to any threat,” he said.
The exercise comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the United States a year after President Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani via a drone strike in Iraq.
Iran is still subject to stiff US sanctions after Trump in 2018 unilaterally walked out of the country’s nuclear deal with world powers.