‘Hundreds’ of Drones Involved in Iranian Army’s Massive Drill as Tehran-Washington Tensions on Rise

In September 2020, more than 180 domestically-made combat unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and helicopters entered service with the naval fleet of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), against the background of simmering US-Iranian tensions.

The Iranian Army has launched a large-scale drill involving unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the northern province of Semnan.

According to Mousavi, the exercises will see naval drones fly from warships in the country’s southern waters and suicide UAVs conduct long-range sorties to practice destroying vital hostile targets deep in the enemy’s airspace with pinpoint accuracy.

He spoke after Iran’s IRNA news agency reported on Monday that the drill will involve “hundreds of operational army drones”, which will practice “combat, surveillance, reconnaissance, and electronic warfare” in short- and long-distance flights.

The war games follow the publication of several satellite images released by the private US company Planet Labs that captured what looks like a “cluster” of activity by ships from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the strategically important Strait of Hormuz.

This was preceded by a YouTube video apparently showing a simulated attack by the Iranian Armed Forces against a US military base.

The 139-second computer-generated clip, dubbed “The Great Revenge”, featured several birds of prey attacking US servicemen as smoke billowed from various parts of the base. The clip ended with…

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