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On Guard for the Country: Iran Holds Annual Military Drills in Gulf of Oman

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On 10 September, Iran’s Armed Forces began large-scale three-day drills, dubbed Zolphaghar 99, in the strategic Gulf of Oman. The manoeuvres involved the Navy, Air Force, and Army, including a domestically-made submarine, fighter jets, and air defences.

Prior to the start of the drills, Tehran warned all foreign forces to maintain distance from the area of the manoeuvres. At the same time, according to Iranian military officials, on the first day of the drills, Iran’s Army witnessed various concentrated activities of US unmanned aircraft that were apparently collecting information about the war game.

The same day, the country's army used the domestically produced Fateh (conqueror)-class submarine for the first time ever. The submarine, which joined the navy at Bandar Abbas in 2019, conducted reconnaissance and operational patrols in the general zone of ​​the manoeuvres.

On the second day of the exercise, the Iranian Navy fired domestically made coast-to-sea Qader cruise missiles. The missiles, launched from onshore sites, hit naval targets at a distance of 200 km.

© REUTERS / West Asia News AgencyIranian servicemen fire rockets during annual military drills, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman, Iran on 7 September 2020.
Members of the Iranian army fire missiles during the annual military drill, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman, Iran on September 7, 2020 - Sputnik International
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Iranian servicemen fire rockets during annual military drills, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman, Iran on 7 September 2020.
© REUTERS / West Asia News AgencyIranian paratroopers take part in annual military drills, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman, Iran on 8 September 2020.
Member of the Iranian army paratroopers take part in the annual military drill, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman, Iran on September 8, 2020 - Sputnik International
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Iranian paratroopers take part in annual military drills, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman, Iran on 8 September 2020.
© REUTERS / West Asia News AgencyAn Iranian serviceman takes part in annual military drills, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman, Iran on 8 September 2020.
A member of the Iranian army takes part in the annual military drill, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman, Iran on September 8, 2020 - Sputnik International
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An Iranian serviceman takes part in annual military drills, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman, Iran on 8 September 2020.
© REUTERS / West Asia News AgencyAn Iranian tank being deployed from a transport vessel during annual military drills in the Gulf of Oman.
A tank of the Iranian army is being deployed from a transporting vessel during the annual military drills in the Gulf of Oman - Sputnik International
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An Iranian tank being deployed from a transport vessel during annual military drills in the Gulf of Oman.
© REUTERS / West Asia News AgencyIranian servicemen take part in annual military drills, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman, Iran on 7 September 2020.
Members of the Iranian army take part in the annual military drill, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman, Iran on September 7, 2020 - Sputnik International
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Iranian servicemen take part in annual military drills, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman, Iran on 7 September 2020.
© REUTERS / West Asia News AgencyA missile is launched during annual military drills, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman with the participation of the Iranian Navy, Air Force, and Army in Iran on 8 September 2020.
A missile is launched during the annual military drill, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman with the participation of Navy, Air and Ground forces, Iran on September 8, 2020 - Sputnik International
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A missile is launched during annual military drills, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman with the participation of the Iranian Navy, Air Force, and Army in Iran on 8 September 2020.
© REUTERS / West Asia News AgencyIranian servicemen take part in annual military drills, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman, Iran on 7 September 2020.
Members of the Iranian army take part in the annual military drill, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman, Iran on September 7, 2020. - Sputnik International
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Iranian servicemen take part in annual military drills, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman, Iran on 7 September 2020.
© REUTERS / West Asia News AgencyIranian soldiers getting out of a helicopter during annual military drills dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”.
Iranian soldiers are getting out of a helicopter during the annual military drills, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”. - Sputnik International
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Iranian soldiers getting out of a helicopter during annual military drills dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”.
© REUTERS / West Asia News AgencyAn Iranian serviceman takes part in annual military drills, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman, Iran on 7 September 2020.
A member of the Iranian army takes part in the annual military drill, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman, Iran on September 7, 2020.  - Sputnik International
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An Iranian serviceman takes part in annual military drills, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman, Iran on 7 September 2020.
© REUTERS / West Asia News AgencyIranian troops land on the beach during annual military drills dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”.
Members of the Iranian army hit the beach during the annual military drill, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99” - Sputnik International
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Iranian troops land on the beach during annual military drills dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”.
© REUTERS / West Asia News AgencyIranian servicemen fire rockets during annual military drills, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman, Iran on 8 September, 2020.
Iranian military fire missiles during the annual military drill, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99.” - Sputnik International
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Iranian servicemen fire rockets during annual military drills, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman, Iran on 8 September, 2020.
© REUTERS / West Asia News AgencyIranian soldiers riding motorbikes as part of annual military drills dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”.
Iranian soldiers are riding motorbikes as part of the annual military drill, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”. - Sputnik International
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Iranian soldiers riding motorbikes as part of annual military drills dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”.
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