According to Iranian press, Iran has new anti-aircraft missile systems that could be used to confront U.S. naval forces during eight war games that are set to start in March.
The Washington Free Beacon reported, “New anti-aircraft missile simulators have been installed at Iran’s Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base, according to a top Iranian military commander, who said the systems would be used to train soldiers in the art of downing enemy aircraft, according to Iranian press reports.”
“Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) simultaneously announced this week that it had established a new organization for its “smart combat vessels.” The new war group was created in response to the “need for confronting U.S. naval forces,” according to Iran’s Press TV.”
“These announcements were made just over a month before Iran kicks off its next round of war games, which, for the first time, will include “a drill in the cyber field,” according to the state-run Fars News Agency.”
“Tehran’s latest round of military muscle flexing comes just days after President Barack Obama praised the recently signed nuclear accord during his annual State of the Union address. Iran’s Foreign Ministry responded to the speech by calling Obama’s comments “unrealistic and unconstructive.”
An Iranian general noted that Iran is constantly having to think of war, while another said they are focused on reducing the U.S. presence in the Persian Gulf.
The Washington Free Beacon continued, “When the enemy observes that our Armed Forces are constantly in wargame zones and their fingers are kept on the trigger, it will not dare to invade the Islamic Iran’s borders,” General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force, was quoted as saying this month by Fars.”
“Iran’s military is slated to test “new home-made military tools, equipment, and weapons” during the war games, according to Pourdastan.”
“Meanwhile, a top IRGC commander in charge of the new combat ship war group said Iran is focused on combatting America’s naval presence in the Persian Gulf.”
“The U.S. and its allies’ enmity toward the Islamic Revolution is not hypothetical, but rather it is a tangible animosity whose physical manifestation will be in the sea,” Admiral Ali Fadavi, commander of the IRGC’s Navy, was quoted as saying on Tuesday during a public address at an Iranian university.”