TEHRAN, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force held on Thursday the final stage of a seven-day combined security war game in the eastern province of South Khorasan, IRIB state TV reported.
Held in an area of 500 kilometers in a public district of the border village of Shahrakht, Zirkuh County, the exercise was aimed at increasing the military and defense preparedness of the IRGC Ground Force units in the face of potential threats and Takfiri groups, and training the new generation of the soldiers, according to IRIB.
During the drill, combined operations to counter possible terrorist threats were carried out by the IRGC's drones, aviation, armored vehicles, artillery, branch insignia, infantry, commando and electronic warfare units.
The latest military tactics as well as special ammunition and armaments were used in the exercise, which was conducted in environments closely simulated based on real-life potentially threatening situations.
Improving coordination among different systems and assessing their overlap were the main objectives pursued by the commanders and forces taking part in the drill.
Among the outstanding features of the war game were the forces' high morale and advanced capabilities during the operations as well as people's enthusiastic reception of the maneuver.
Iran's Armed Forces hold routine military exercises throughout the year.
The country's officials have repeatedly underscored that the Islamic Republic will not hesitate to build up its defense capabilities, emphasizing such abilities are entirely meant for the purpose of defense and will be never subject to negotiations.
On Jan. 13, the IRGC Ground Force held the largest ever combined military exercise in the country's southeast. The drill was held by the Quds Base of the IRGC Ground Force in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan. ■