Barely a week after the resounding failure of the Warsaw Conference, organized by Washington, the Iranian Navy launched a large-scale military exercise in a vast area stretching from the Strait of Hormuz to the Indian Ocean. For this Saturday, February 23, the second phase of the exercises involves tactical operations and domestically produced weapons and equipment.
On the second day of the Velayat-97 military exercises, Iranian Navy land and sea missile systems and ships destroyed predefined targets with cruise missiles.
On Saturday, February 23, a destroyer, a frigate and a missile system, involved in the Velayat-97 military exercises, destroyed the pre-set targets at sea with cruise missiles of the Qader and Qadir type.
The Qader missile with a range of 250 km and the Qadir missile with a range of 300 km can be fired from ships, coastal systems and aircraft.
On Friday, February 22, the Iranian Navy began a three-day military exercise in the Persian Gulf, specifically in a vast area encompassing the Strait of Hormuz as far as the Arabian Sea and even the northern Indian Ocean.
These “large-scale” exercises, according to several media reports, could last for a week. In the meantime, the Iranian Navy will present the Fateh-class submarine – a domestically built submarine with the capability to transport and fire cruise missiles and torpedoes – and its Sahand destroyer.
The Fateh[which means “conqueror” in Persian, editor’s note] was unveiled earlier this week. It is equipped with various advanced technologies and is able to stay underwater for five weeks.
The major exercises of the Iranian Navy take place immediately after the US-sponsored Warsaw Conference, during which Israeli and US officials made threats of war against Tehran.
At the Warsaw Conference, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explicitly stated that he had attended the meeting to rally others to the idea of launching a war against Iran.
In this regard, Steven Cook, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, writes in the American magazine Foreign Policy: “Together, the Warsaw Conference, Mike Pence’s threats against Europeans, John Bolton’s threatening video and the prevailing background atmosphere in Washington made all last week’s events seem familiar to us. The discussions on Iran are not marked by the same war fever that Washington sparked against Iraq in 2002, but the events mentioned are part of the Trump administration’s efforts to direct the debate, both nationally and internationally, towards Iran. This is not true because this orientation simply risks further stripping the United States of its assets in the Middle East.
Military exercises in the Persian Gulf will also include naval battles and amphibious and anti-amphibious war exercises, according to the Iranian army.
In the aftermath, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, Commander of the Navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said that domestically manufactured weapons would be tested for the first time during these exercises, which could make the area less safe for the enemy.
According to Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, “the exercises are taking place two kilometres from the Strait of Hormuz and will extend to the northern Indian Ocean in a wider area”.
Since the victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran to date, the Iranian Maritime Force has fulfilled its protective role in Iran’s territorial waters and fully defended the country’s interests in terms of maritime trade and safe navigation in open waters.
In addition to the combat helicopters, fighter aircraft, submarines and other equipment that Iranian Navy experts have successfully produced from A to Z in Iran, the Maritime Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran will integrate new pure Iranian-made hovercraft into its fleets over the next year.