Iran Military Drills: Is Tehran Ready for a War with Washington?Mahdi Poursafa
Last week Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) conducted a series of ground, aerial, naval, and space operations in a military exercise. In this series of drills significant technologies and tactics were unveiled, showing the country’s preparedness for a possible war. The Payambar-e Azam 14 [The Great Prophet 14] military exercise, which came after a series of other military drills, was in fact a message sent by the IRGC to show their readiness to confront the threats coming from the presence of foreign troops in the Middle East. Launching missiles from the depths of the earth, the use of new missiles to target anti-missile systems, as well as testing new missile technologies were among the most important new features of this military maneuver.
Iran has a coastal line of almost 1500 kilometers along the Persian Gulf and Oman Sea, therefore those capsules can be installed in any point along the coastal line.
New Underground Missiles
One of the most important parts of the Great Prophet 14 military exercise that was conducted on Wednesday, July 29, was the underground missiles launched from the depth of the earth, unveiled by Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, the Commander of Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The Iranian officials have not disclosed any feature of the tested missile, but it seems that the missiles were put inside capsules buried under the ground and could be launched by an explosive trigger.
Iran has a coastal line of almost 1500 kilometers along the Persian Gulf and Oman Sea, therefore those capsules can be installed in any point along the coastal line. This way, the enemy will be immediately taken by surprise as they will not be able to locate and destroy all the capsules in a short time and their defense systems will not be able to trace and target all of the launched missiles. However, these underground missiles will not be used in normal conditions; they are going to be used in a situation where the enemy is able to disable the conventional systems of launching ballistic missiles and the country's defense system is thus in a serious danger.
Islamic Republic of Iran is the only country that has innovated the technology of producing anti-radar ballistic missiles
How was THAAD’s Slayer Tested?
One of the US strategies to confront Iran’s military system is to enhance its anti-ballistic missile systems installed in Persian Gulf countries. Among these systems, there is the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, known as the THAAD system that is installed in Saudi Arabia and the UAE along with Patriot systems.
Thus, the Iranian military and specifically the Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps have been trying to counter and defeat this system. Last week during Iran’s latest military exercise, one of the missiles tested by the Iranian military forces targeted a mock-up AN/TPY-2 ground-based radar that is a surveillance transportable radar and the primary radar for the THAAD missile system.
The weapon tested is actually a ballistic missile capable of intercepting radiation from various radar systems. According to Fars News Agency, the Islamic Republic of Iran is the only country that has innovated the technology of producing anti-radar ballistic missiles; there are few countries that have the technology of suppressing Air Defense systems in form of air-to-air and anti-radiation missiles launched from a fighter or warplane.
“In this part of the drills, a mock-up AN/TPY-2 ground-based radar that is the primary radar for the THAAD missile system was targeted by the new anti-radar ballistic missile made by the IRGC Aerospace Force. Studying the pictures taken from the moment the missile hit the THAAD shows the missile hits the target with a hypersonic speed due to its melted head, and it thus makes it impossible to be traced and targeted by defense systems and missile shields,” Fars News reported.
The new air-to-air missiles dubbed “Yasin” are similar to the US precision-guided missiles that are installed on most of American warplanes.
How New Iran’s Smart Missiles Works
Among the missiles tested in Iran’s recent military drills was a long-range smart guided bomb that can be fired from a long range. The new air-to-air missiles dubbed “Yasin” was unveiled by the Iranian Defense Minister last year in August. They are in fact similar to the US precision-guided missiles that are installed on most of American warplanes.
According to the report, "Yasin" is a long-range smart, guided bomb that can be fired from a range of 50 kilometers at its target from manned or unmanned aircraft any time of the day or night and in any climate. The ability to fire the missile from a distance of 50 kilometers makes it impossible for short-range or middle-range defense systems to easily operate and shoot down the plane.
This article was originally published in Javan Newspaper.