Associated Press — Feb 20, 2017
Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard has launched several sophisticated rockets during military exercises, Iranian media reported on Monday.
The semi-official Tasnim news agency , considered to be close to the Revolutionary Guard, said the launch of the “smart and advanced” rockets came during an annual three-day maneuver which began on Monday in Iran’s central desert.
Later on Monday, state TV showed footage of several rockets launching from the back of trucks in the desert.
Gen. Mohammad Pakpour, head of the Revolutionary Guards’ ground forces told the channel that rockets with ranges of more than 100 kilometers (62 miles) as well as the Fajr-3, Fajr-4 and Fajr-5 rockets, all believed to have under 100-kilometer range, were all successfully tested in the exercise.
Pakpour said the tests send a message to any of Iran’s potential adversaries: “We are ready to give a crushing respond to any threat.”
Earlier in February, the United States said has put Iran “on notice” after the country test fired a medium-range ballistic missile.
IRGC Fires Smart Rockets with Pin-Point Precision Striking Capability during Massive Drills
Fars News Agency — Feb 20, 2017
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force fired several smart rockets with pin-point precision striking capability to start massive wargames in the Central deserts of Iran on Monday.
The first stage of the three-day massive drills codenamed Payambar-e Azam (the Great Prophet) 11 started today with the participation of the IRGC’s artillery, air defense, drone, infantry and air force units in Iran’s Central desert and the Eastern parts of the country.
The IRGC forces targeted simulated enemy targets with smart and advanced rockets with pin-point precision striking capability on the first day of the wargames.
The IRGC Ground Force late in January staged massive wargames in the Western parts of Iran.
The drills started on January 23 and continued in Western Iran for four days.
The wargames were codenamed Imam Ali (AS) and the IRGC ground forces enhanced their combat preparedness and exercise new war tactics and methods during the drills.
“Strengthening the planning and command capabilities at different levels and enhancing the units’ intelligence and operational preparedness to establish security under different conditions are among the other objectives of Imam Ali (AS) drills,” Commander of the IRGC Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said at the time.
Mohsen Rafiqdoust, who served as minister of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps throughout the eight years of the Iraqi-imposed war on Iran, had in September said the IRGC Ground Force is five times larger than the US army troops, adding that the IRGC can dispatch 6 million troops to any battlefield in a matter of days.
“Today, the number of the IRGC Ground Force is five times more than the US army and it is the Ground Force which ends the wars,” Rafiqdoust said, addressing a gathering in Tehran.
“The IRGC Ground Force can send 6 million ready-for-combat troops to the battleground in less than 10 days,” he added.
Noting that the country’s warehouses are full of weapons and military equipment, Rafiqdoust said, “Our missiles are ready to be fired at Israel. This has been shown to the Americans and they have been allowed to have videos” (through their broadcast on Iranian TV).
Firing one artillery round against Iran by Israel would mean that “Iran will turn Tel Aviv into dust”, he underlined.