Iran launches underground ballistic missiles during exercise

Iran launches underground ballistic missiles during exercise

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Tehran, Iran: The National Paramilitary Television reported on Wednesday that the Iranian Paramilitary Revolutionary Guard Corps launched underground ballistic missiles during a fake missile attack exercise in the Strait of Hormuz. This is the latest barrage of the exercise. The exercise witnessed two The US base is temporarily on launch.

According to reports from national television, the drones were aimed at the bridge of the fake carrier. The TV did not immediately show footage of the launch or drone attack, nor did it identify the missiles used in the exercise.

However, the information about the exercise is clearly aimed at the United States.

A semi-official news agency close to the Guard released an image overnight, turning the image of a US aircraft carrier into a coffin shape, and quoted the title citing the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei). ) In retaliation for the U.S. drone attack, which killed a top Iranian. January is average.

This exercise and the United States’ response to it highlighted the threat of a protracted military conflict between Iran and the United States after a series of escalating incidents that occurred at the beginning of last year that led to the drone strike in January. Tehran responded to the strike in Iraq by launching ballistic missiles. The bomb injured dozens of American troops in Iraq.

Although the coronavirus pandemic has swept Iran and the United States for several months, the confrontation is intensifying as the United States argues that it will extend the UN arms embargo on Tehran that will expire in October. A recent incident in Syria involving an American jet fighter approaching an Iranian passenger plane has also increased tensions.

Iranian commandos fast-roped down from a helicopter onto the replica in the footage aired Tuesday from the exercise called “Great Prophet 14.” Anti-aircraft guns opened fire on a target drone near the port city of Bandar Abbas.

State TV’s video also showed that speedboats, trucks, mobile launchers and helicopters fired a variety of missiles, some of which were aimed at counterfeit carriers. A commander said that the guards responsible only for Khamenei planned to also launch “long-range ballistic missiles” during exercises that continued on Wednesday.

The discovery of ballistic missile firing from the exercise put the US military at Al-Dhafra Air Force Base in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and Al-Udeid Air Force Base, the former headquarters of the U.S. Qatar Central Command, on alert. Said. During that time, the troops sought cover.

“The incident lasted for a matter of minutes and an all clear was declared after the threat … had passed,” said US Army Maj. Beth Riordan, a Central Command spokeswoman.

Both bases are hundreds of kilometers (miles) away from where Iran placed the replica aircraft carrier.

Al-Dhafra is still on its way to India to the country’s air force, temporarily possessing five French-made Rafale fighters.

Other video clips of the exercise broadcast by Iran’s National Television also showed that the speedboat surrounded the simulated aircraft carrier and kicked white waves in the wake. While the Iranian Navy was dwarfed by the U.S. Navy, its commanders practiced so-called “counseling” in order to overwhelm the U.S. aircraft carriers entering and leaving the Arabian Gulf through the strait.

It is not clear whether all the shots were from Tuesday, because an overhead surveillance image that appeared to be taken by a drone took place on Monday’s date. Satellite photos released on Monday showed that the fake carrier was moved into position by a tugboat, and this work is expected to proceed.

A black-and-white satellite photo taken by Colorado-based Maxar Technologies on Tuesday showed that the bow of the replica and several fake jet fighters were damaged.

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