Fars News — Feb 27, 2017
The Iranian naval forces conducted a mine clearance operation during the massive ‘Velayat 95’ wargames on Monday, using sonic and magnetic demining devices.
Mine sweeping and defusing by means of sonic and magnetic equipment and devices requires complicated technology that was just mastered and owned by the big powers, but the Iranian military joined the club in practice today.
During the exercise, the operating units on several helicopters cleared mines from vast stretches of water in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
The final stage of the ‘Velayat 95’ naval drills started by Iranian navy forces in the Strait of Hormuz, the Sea of Oman and North of the Indian Ocean on Sunday.
Different naval units, including submarines, missile-launching destroyers, surface and subsurface units, missile and electronic warfare systems, drones, fighter jets and marines, started the wargames on February 13. The naval drills will continue until March 1.
Iran unveiled and test-fired its anti-ship ‘Dehlaviyeh’ missiles for the first time during the last phase of the wargames in Southern waters on Monday.
The home-made laser-guided smart missile systems were tested during the Velayat 95 naval drills and hit and destroyed the specified marine targets.
Earlier today, the Iranian Navy fired the latest version of its home-made coast-to-sea cruise missile, ‘Nasir’, on the second day of the main phase of the massive wargames.
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan told FNA today that the cruise missile has hit the specified target with maximum precision.
He declined to provide more information about the range of the newly-manufactured cruise missile.
The Iranian Navy also deployed special forces, including marine commandos, at its Makran coasts in the country’s South-East during the drills.
The deployment was a part of the massive naval drills in Iran’s territorial waters and North of the Indian Ocean.
The Iranian marine commandos and special naval forces exercised operations to confront possible enemy aggression on coastal region of the country and used different and state-of-the-art weapons and equipment during the drills.