Iranian Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said the recent military drills held in the Central Isfahan province were aimed at boosting his forces’ combat preparedness and capabilities.

The wargames, dubbed Beitol-Moqaddas 26, started in the general zone of Nasrabad in Isfahan province on Friday and ended last night. The wargames were held to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Khorramshahr city from Iraq’s occupation during the 1980-1988 war.

“Boosting the combat and operational capabilities of the Army’s Ground Force was among the most important goals of Beitol-Moqaddas 26 military drills,” Brigadier General Pourdastan said.

He reiterated that transferring experiences of the commanders participating in the wargames to younger officers and cadets was also another goal of the exercises.

The Army Ground Force tested different types of home-made weapons and combat equipment on the second day of the military drills in the country’s Central province of Isfahan.

Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force for Training General Hossein Shokouhi said on Saturday that different army units, including air force, airborne, infantry, armored, cavalry, artillery, air-defense, drone and logistical units participated in the wargames.

He underlined that the primary goal of the drills was upgrading the trainings, knowledge and combat preparedness of Army officers as well as preparing them for sensitive decisions under critical situation.

On Friday, the first stage of the Army’s Beitol Moqaddas 26 was held in the presence of General Pourdastan in Kashan’s Maranjab Desert.

The home-made Naze’at-10, Naze’at-6 and Fajr-5 missiles were test-fired in the first stage of Beitol Moqaddas 26 exercises in Kashan.

In March 2013, the Iranian Army Ground Force staged massive missile drills in Central Iran in a bid to test the capabilities of its missile units.

During the wargames, the Iranian army test-fired two new types of missiles, named Naze’at-10 and Fajr-5.

Fajr-5 is long-range rocket artillery missile with a maximum range of 75 km, while Naze’at-10 is a medium-range ballistic missile.

Iranian officials and commanders have repeatedly stressed that all military exercises and trainings of the Iranian Armed Forces are merely meant to serve deterrent purposes.

The Iranian Army has recently test-fired different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of its home-made weapons, tools and equipment, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircraft, UAVs and air defense and electronic systems, during massive military drills.

Defense analysts and military observers say that Iran’s wargames and its advancements in weapons production have proved as a deterrent factor, specially at a time of heightened threats by the US.