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Modernizing the Defensive Capabilities of the Revolutionary Guards

By Sajad Abedi* —


The full preparedness against possible assaults is one of the requirements of the armed forces in any country. Naturally, this issue is more urgent for Iran, given the high volume of regional and transnational threats.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has consistently stated that it will not negotiate with its enemies in the defense and capabilities sector because it provides ground security for development and progress. In the current situation, the Islamic Republic of Iran has made great progress in the field of land and sea defence. On the other hand, Iran’s missile program has high capabilities, and this has made us, over the past years, a military deterrent. Iran is currently in a good position in the field of aerospace, missile power, naval power, ground forces, helicopters and advanced fighters. In addition to this, the role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has to be given special attention to enhancing Iran’s defense and military capabilities. Maj. Gen. Ja’fari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), announced the revolutionary institution as the supreme regional force.


Cryptographic stability in a tumultuous area

Evidence suggests that Iran is one of the safest countries in the turbulent West Asia and Middle East region, and undoubtedly the role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has been very effective in creating this security.

Conducting numerous exercises throughout the year suggests the readiness of the Revolutionary Guards as the executive arm of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The exercise of the Great Prophet, which was held in Sistan and Baluchestan this year, was one of the country’s largest and most extensive training exercises. At the same time, the precise observation of the region’s developments and the experiences of adventurous activities in Syria and Iraq have had specific effects on the type of look and exercises.

In recent years, we can name drills such as Karar, Phatras, and the 129 as a new generation of drone bombers in our country that are specialized in the power and structure of the battle, and even drones as a result of the 129th of the production. In recent months, the Revolutionary Guards Aerospace Force has had a special and universal glow, and it is possible to see the signs of this important achievement of the revolutionary sons in recent months becoming more tangible. During this exercise, the IRGC entered a very high talent force in the drone unit, which has never been seen before. According to Nazsa authorities, ‘more than 10 drones “Epic”,”Migrair”,”Sadeq”,”Ababil” and “Shahid” of the IRGC were flying in the southeastern sky of the IRGC Territorial Army.’


Maneuverability, the power of Iranian drones

According to Sardar Hajizadeh, commander of the Air Force’s Aerospace Force, we are in the UAV field at the top of the first four countries in the world, but in some cases Americans are aligned against us, and this is true in the field of hijackers and bombers, and in fact Americans are struggling. The commander of the IRGC’s Air Defense Corps, referring to the production lines of the bomber team of the Simorgh family, described the “lightning” as the newest Iranian naval drone, the achievement of “avoiding threats,” saying that the UAV, capable of long range and far distances, is number four. The point and the target with smart bombs and return to the safe place is the newest drone in Iran. Sardar Hajizadeh stated: “Lightning” is the latest UAV in the Simorgh series, and after this we are not going to stop. The defense of the country is like cycling, which if we stand, we will fall. The enemy is on the path of hostility, and we must continue our path to strengthen our defences. Sardar Hajizadeh said that the American RQ170 drone, the “Simorgh”, was a point of anxiety for the Americans, adding that Iranian Simorgh has been produced on various scale and sizes for various missions.

The Defense Minister also announced the launch of the Advanced Marine Tank and the Saba 248 National Highlighter in the near future. Sardar Hossein Dehqan, the minister of defense and support of the armed forces during the visit of the 8th Iran Air and Aviation Exhibition in Kish Island, announced that the Saba 248 national helicopter and Karar’s native tanks will be unveiled in the near future. Also, during the Kish Air Show, the defense industries of our country displayed two new Vankel-type engines called Sirat 01 and Sarat 02, which featured a new level of power for our country’s experts. The two models are designed and manufactured in different capacities and weights. Exit 01 has a capacity of 208cc, with a 35 horsepower output, with a fuel consumption of 420g / h and a weight of 11kg and 300g.


Power and range at sea

Another achievement of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps this year was the merger of the new Martyr Nazeri float into the navy fleet of the Revolutionary Guards. The news came from Commander Ali Fadavi, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy, on the sidelines of exploiting the 32 bed hospital in Chalous, saying that the new series of Shahid Nazeri floating in this year will be joined by the Navy’s navy fleet of the Revolutionary Guard. He stated that the entry of a new flotilla into the Naval Fleet of the Revolutionary Guards was a definite requirement that was not limited to a specific time. Adding Shahid Nazeri’s flotilla to the Navy was a milestone. According to the naval commander of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, this float is the center for jihad and selflessness of the NDSA.

He stated that the entry of a new flotilla into the Naval Fleet of the Revolutionary Guards was a definite requirement that was not limited to a specific time. Adding Shahid Nazeri’s flotilla to the Navy was a milestone. According to the naval commander of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, this flotilla was built by the Neda Center for Jihad and Self-Defense, and was built at the Shahid Mahallati Shipyard, a subsidiary of the construction site of Khatam-el-Nambaa (PBUH), and delivered to the operational unit of the force.

Seddhar Fudwi pointed to the aluminum body of the floating craft, 55 meters long, 141 meters wide and 13 meters high, and the slightest friction with water has increased its speed and reduced its fuel consumption. “Today, we see a new achievement of domestic experts, carrying out the power and the helicopter; it is capable of carrying out long-range operations in ocean waters, carrying 100 forces, against long-wave surges, and conducting Tran’s boundary missions well.” New Shahid Nazeri’s new boats are being built under the name of a much bigger boat, especially for important missions, and it shows the authority of the children of the revolution in the distant and nearer world.

The naval capability of the Revolutionary Guard is important because a year ago, the arrest of 10 American sailors in the waters of Iran, was able to defeat our country’s defenses of Washington and its allies. This year, al-Qaeda’s warning message to the US Navy’s military convoy was highlighted in the Gulf, highlighting the high level of defense preparedness of our country.


Iran’s safe sky

From other developments this year, the presence of the Revolutionary Guards in the joint air campaign on air defense of Skywalker Provincial Council 7, which lasted for three days in the Southern General District, was successfully completed.

In the joint exercises, the air defenses of the defenders of Sky 7, centered on the air defense area of Bushehr, the participation of the Army Air Force and the Revolutionary Guards Corps and popular mobilization in the southern general area, the defense capabilities of the air defense units, the ability of units in unplanned combat, the coordination of the air defense systems of the armed forces Their compliance with the integrated network of command and control of air defense, combat and timely response of forces and systems, and the lack of surprise, the ability to make decisions, the manner and quality of the training provided and the tactical independence of the units were evaluated operationally.

In this joint exercise, regional control and command centers, high, medium and short missile sites, missile and paratroop control systems, guarding and monitoring systems for ground and air forces, surveillance posts for the armed forces and popular mobilization, electronic eavesdropping systems and Fixed and Mobile indigenous radars. Air Defense Planes and Marines and Identities were displayed in full coordination, integrated and integrated combat and operational capabilities under the supervision of judges and experts of the armed forces. Also, the tactical performance, decision-making power and operational coordination of the young forces stationed at Ali Akbar’s campus, which participated in the exercise alongside experienced airborne forces in the exercise, were also evaluated.

Experience has shown that whenever the Islamic Republic of Iran is surrounded by hostile countries, the will and determination of the armed forces, and in particular the Revolutionary Guards Corps, will become more serious in terms of defense and military capabilities.

*Sajad Abedi is a Resident Research Fellow at the National Security and Defense Think Tank. He obtained his Ph. D. degree in National Security from the National Defense University, Islamic Republic of Iran. His research interests pertain to Arab-Israeli studies, Cyber Security studies and National Security.


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