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19:37 - 2009-09-27

IRGC Missile Drills

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The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on Sunday launched massive missile exercises by firing ground-to-ground missiles
IRGC's ground-to-ground Zelzal missile
The missile wargames, codenamed "Payambar-e Azam 4 (The Great Prophet IV)", started at 4am (local time) and are part of the Islamic Republic of Iran's defensive measures
The missile wargames are planned in different phases and in different parts of the country
IRGC Air Force started the wargames with firing Zelzal missiles in the morning and continued the drills with firing short-range, ground-to-ground Tondar and Fateh 110 missiles later in the day
Zelzal missile launch-pad
The launch-pad of short-range, ground-to-ground Tondar missiles
IRGC is also slated to fire Shahab class mid-range missiles tonight in the second phase of the drills and will fire optimized long-range missiles tomorrow morning
IRGC Air Force Commander General Hossein Salami said that the forces' current missile drills have been planned in pursuit of defensive and deterrent goals
Salami pointed out that the drill will be staged in several phases and in different parts of the country
"During the multiple-phased exercises, we will strike the specified virtual targets with several missiles simultaneously and will exercise continuous, but non-simultaneous, launch of missiles in a bid to exercise and manage our long-term deterrent defense capability," the General explained
Launch-pad of short-range, ground-to-ground Fateh 110 missiles
A Fateh 110 missile fired during IRGC's missile drills on Sunday
IRGC is also slated to fire Shahab class mid-range missiles tonight in the second phase of the drills
IRGC plans to fire its optimized long-range missiles tomorrow morning