Tehran(IP) - Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Gharaei Ashtiani said that the US military drill is not a threat to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Iran PressIran news: The military exercise of the US and a number of countries in the region is to increase the American forces’ spirit, Ashtiani told reporters on the sidelines of the Wednesday cabinet session on Tehran.

We always have the necessary preparation and vigilance, and do the necessary monitoring and keep a close eye on the events, he added.

Iran’s planned exercises with other countries will be held annually and continuously, he stated.

Yesterday, The Central Command of the US Navy announced the start of a joint military exercise with the participation of 50 countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt in the southern waters of Iran, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, the Sea of Oman, the Indian Ocean and the coastal areas of East Africa.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Armed Forces have launched a large-scale military exercise featuring the country’s domestically-developed air defense missile systems, radars, electronic warfare devices, communication systems and an integrated air defense network. 

During the 'Velayat Sky Defenders 1401' air defense drill, the predetermined objectives were hit by the Army's 15th Khordad and IRGC's 3rd Khordad defense systems.

The air defense 'Velayat Sky Defenders 1401' drill kicked off on Tuesday's early morning jointly by the Army and Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) across Iran's air defense zones.


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