Iran’s armed forces hold military parades across the country as a show of power

The parades kicked off in Tehran, other provincial capitals and in the waters of the Persian Gulf on Thursday morning, with the armed forces showcasing their cutting-edge military achievements, including new ones.

The event in Tehran was attended by Speaker of Parliament Mohammad-Bagher Qalibaf and Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Bagheri.

In Tehran, Iran’s most advanced drones and missiles were showcased in the parade.

In the south of the country, various units of the Iranian Armed Forces are to display their naval power in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz during the parade, said Ramezan Sharif, spokesman for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). .

He said a total of 1,444 heavy, medium and light military vessels are taking part in the parade, including an advanced patrol combat warship named after Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani who recently joined the fleet. of the IRGC Navy.

IRGC Air Force and Aerospace Force fighter jets will also carry out aerial maneuvers, he added.

The ceremonies mark the anniversary of the war imposed by Iraq on Iran by the regime of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

The war began just a year after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and ended in August 1988. Iran did not lose an inch of its territory to the invaders thanks to the holy defense campaign of its armed forces and its nation.

Rezvan ballistic missile

Among the achievements presented during the parade in the capital was the surface-to-surface ballistic missile Rezvan for the first time.

IRGC Commander-in-Chief Major General Hossein Salami described Rezvan as a precision-guided missile, which belongs to the category of medium-range missiles.
A liquid-fueled single-stage missile, Rezvan is armed with a detachable warhead and has a range of up to 1,400 kilometers.

It can be launched from fixed and mobile platforms.

Long-range Khaybar-Shekan missile

Iran’s armed forces also showcased the Khaybar-Shekan long-range strategic missiles, which were recently unveiled.

It has a range of 1,450 kilometers (about 900 miles), runs on solid fuel and is capable of penetrating anti-missile systems.