TEHRAN, July 9 (MNA) -- The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps Air Force said on Wednesday that the Great Prophet III maneuver only displayed a small part of Iran’s enormous military might and its actual response to any attack would be much “quicker”, and more “firm” and “vigorous”.

Pointing out that Iranian troops are always battle-ready, Brigadier General Hossein Salami added, “This maneuver is the manifestation of the determination, willpower, and might of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s powerful armed forces in the face of the enemies’ threats.”


The Great Prophet III was a one-day joint maneuver carried out by the IRGC naval and air forces in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz region on Wednesday.


Various types of surface-to-surface, intermediate range, and long-range missiles of the Shahab, Fat’h, and Zelzal classes were test-fired in the maneuver.


The unique feature of these missiles is their ability to be fired round-the-clock under unfavorable climatic conditions.


The military maneuver came amid rising tension between Iran and Israel over Iran’s nuclear program and is said to be a response to a military exercise by Israel over the eastern Mediterranean and Greece in the first week of June, which was seen by some analysts to be a rehearsal for an actual attack on Iran.


Previously, other Iranian commanders have threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz and target U.S. interests throughout the globe if the country is attacked.





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