Iran’s Great Prophet 17 Exercise + Images

Monday 27 December 2021 - 19:44

On December 20, Iran’s IRGC launched ‘Great Prophet 17’ exercise in five days in the southern region of the country in Bushehr, Hormozgan, Khuzestan provinces, waters of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.

According to General Abbas Nilforooshan, Deputy Chief of operations of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and spokesman of the IRGC Great Prophet 17 exercise, this exercise was carried out in order to increase the level of combat readiness of the IRGC and based on the simulation of one of the most advanced offensive plans in combined wars and various war conditions.

In general, during the five days, the IRGC’s ground, naval and aerospace forces carried out various stages of naval, land, drone and missile exercises.

On the second day of the exercise, missile units from the coast and Zulfiqar-class speedboats in the sea simultaneously firing five anti-ship cruise missiles destroyed predetermined targets.

The “Mohajer-6” drones also destroyed the targets of hypothetical enemy with 100% accuracy by launching Qaem air-to-ground glide bomb and Almas smart missile.

It should be noted that the advanced Karrar tank (upgraded T72M) was delivered to the IRGC ground forces and was used for the first time in this exercise.

In the final phase of the joint exercise of the Great Prophet 17, 16 missiles of Emad, Qadr, Sejjil, Dezful and Zulfaqar and Zelzal were fired at the simulated targets and destroyed the designated positions with 100% accuracy. Simultaneously with the firing of the missiles, 10 Shahed-136 suicide drones of the IRGC Air Force were fired at the designated targets.

Launch of “Shahed-136” suicide drones from a 5-launcher pod

One of the highlights of the operation was the use of a replica of Israel’s Dimona nuclear power plant. The move was in response to recent Israeli threats against Iran. Israel has threatened Iran in recent months to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Simulation of the attack on the Zionist regime’s weapons of mass destruction center during the Great Prophet 17 exercise
Replica of Dimona nuclear plant

General Mohammad Bagheri, Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces, said: “When 16 missiles hit a target, it is a small part of hundreds of missiles that can simultaneously target enemy country (Israel) that intends to fight and attack the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Islamic Republic of Iran does not accept these threats and is currently negotiating with countries to advance the country’s goals and will not tolerate such threats.”

Regarding the missile exercise, Iran unveiled for the first time the exo-atmospheric trajectory maneuvering technology of its warheads for Qadr medium range ballistic missiles. The exo-atmospheric trajectory maneuvering technology, in addition to increase accuracy, guiding and maneuvering of Qadr missile in the atmosphere enhances its penetrability against missile defense.

Interview with General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force – Credit: @AbuReza1990M

Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force, said: “It is very difficult to hit ballistic missiles for defense systems and they can hit a small percentage of the missiles, So the hundreds of billions of dollars spent by our enemies are gone and became zero. We have been able to direct ballistic missiles to move and maneuver in different directions, and this phenomenon makes the intercept for the enemy very difficult.”

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Covering the airspace of the Persian Gulf with the Sevvum(3rd) Khordad air defense systems
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