The Iranian Army Ground Force started on Tuesday a war game around the port city of Makran in eastern Baluchistan province, near the border with Pakistan.
The drill, dubbed “Iqtidar-99” is underway along the Makran coasts, along the Sea of Oman.
Airborne units, special forces and rapid reaction brigades are taking part in the maneuver, Mehr news agency reported.
It added that Iranian Army Chief Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi, Army Ground Force Chief Brigadier General Kiumars Heidari and other senior military officials are attending the drill.
“The main purpose of the war game is to evaluate the mobility and offense power of the rapid reaction brigades and corps and the mobile offense units of the Army Ground Force,” Gen. Heidari told Tasnim news agency on Monday.
He added that the drills would practice a “rapid and decisive response” to hostile threats and simulate major strikes on hypothetical enemy coast.
The Iranian general noted that the troops attending the drill will be receiving logistical and combat support from the Air Force and the Army Ground Force Airborne Division in the coastal zones.
On Saturday Iran test-fired ballistic surface-to-surface missiles, hitting a seaborne target at a range of 1,100 miles (1,800 km) across the Gulf of Oman in the Indian Ocean.
Source: Iranian media