A massive Iranian missile drill
showcasing long range missiles, drones and other weapons is taking place this weekend and serves as a message to Gulf countries, the US and Israel.
It comes a year after Iran launched ballistic missiles at US forces in Iraq and follows Tehran’s sending of missile technology to Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen in recent years.
A report said that Iran used drones to attack a missile defense system
and then fired a barrage of Zolfaghar, Zelzal and Dezful ballistic missiles. The drones were supposed to neutralize air defenses for the incoming missiles.
Last year Israel conducted a major integrated and multi-layered air defense drill using the Iron Dome, David’s Sling and Arrow air defense systems.
Iran did a drone drill on January 5 and a naval drill last week on January 13. Iran also used a delta-winged drone during its drill to attack an air defense system on January 15. Commentators said this reminded them of Iran’s attack on Saudi Arabia in September 2019.
A recent report at Newsweek alleged Iran has a kamikaze drone base in Yemen with delta-wing style drones. That report called them Shahed-136, although a drone by that name is not known in Iranian press reports. Nevertheless, it may be similar to the one used on January 15. Reports say some of these drones have a 2,000 km. range, meaning they can reach Israel. The missiles also have a long enough range to possibly target Israel, depending on where they are fired from. They can also target US ships and Gulf states.
Footage from Iran shows the missiles and precision strikes. Reports on Saturday said the Emad, Sejjil and Ghadr type missiles were also used. Iran wants to show it is a missile superpower. North Korea, which is working with Iran on missile technology, also did a military parade last week, showing off their own new missiles.
It now has a submarine-launched ballistic missile. These two countries are showing what they have built over the last years during the Trump administration, presenting new incoming US President-elect Joe Biden with a kind of massive missile fait accompli.