Sun Dec 11, 2016 8:17AM
Iran Army’s Ground Forces take part in 'Muhammad Rasoulallah 3' maneuvers November 2015. (Photo by IRNA)
Iran Army’s Ground Forces take part in 'Muhammad Rasoulallah 3' maneuvers November 2015. (Photo by IRNA)

The Iranian Army has launched large-scale military drills in the country’s southeast in an effort to enhance the combat readiness of its Ground Forces.

Codenamed 'Muhammad Rasoulallah (Muhammad, the Messenger of God) Four', the three-day military maneuvers started early Sunday in the strategic southeastern parts of the country, covering an area of 220,000 square kilometers.

General Seyyed Kamal Peyambari, the maneuvers’ spokesman, said the first day of the exercises is focused on practicing the transfer of rapid reaction units via ground and air from across the country to operation zones.

The enlisted units will also display their efficacy and work to enhance their readiness in responding to operational requirements and threats, he added.

Among other goals of the drills are testing new defense systems, reducing the average response time to potential threats as well as training younger commanders in modern battles, the senior official added.

Various units of Army Ground Forces are participating in the maneuvers, enjoying logistical support from the Army’s Air Force and the country’s Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base.

Iran has conducted major military drills in recent years to enhance the defense capabilities of its Armed Forces and to test modern military tactics and state-of-the-art equipment.

Each year, the country inaugurates a host of new projects and hardware developed with reliance on domestic capabilities.

The Islamic Republic maintains that its defense power is driven by deterrence and poses no threat to any other country.