TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian forces have launched military exercises on Thursday in the strategic southern region east of the Strait of Hormuz, state news agency IRNA reported.
Joint exercises involving air, ground and naval forces, including both drones and submarines, will take place around Jask’s southeastern port “east of the Strait of Hormuz,” said Admiral Habibora Sayari, deputy coordinator for the armed forces. told IRNA.
The Strait of Hormuz is a strategic chokepoint at the tip of the bay through which one-fifth of the world’s oil output passes.
Exercises include “ground force infantry, armored and mechanized units, air defense defense systems (and) submarines and surface vessels.”
The navy, backed by the “air force’s strategic bombers,” will also participate.
Sayari said the drones will carry out “intelligence gathering and reconnaissance operations against attacking forces.”
During a similar exercise last year, the Iranian military said it alerted two U.S. drones that flew over the waters where the exercise was taking place.
In May, state television aired footage of a drone airbase beneath the western Zagros Mountains.
The Iranian military unveiled its first ship and submarine division capable of carrying armed drones in July, while US President Joe Biden was touring the Middle East.
In August, the Army began large-scale drone training with 150 drones across the country.
Iran’s archenemies the US and Israel have previously accused Tehran of using drones and missiles to attack US forces and Israeli-affiliated ships in the Gulf.
The Islamic Republic has also faced a series of sanctions by Western powers, accusing Iran of providing drones to Russia for use in the Ukraine war, an allegation Tehran has flatly denied. ing.