Commander of the Iranian Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan announced Iran’s plans to stage electronic warfare exercises in the next Iranian year (which starts on March 21).

“The electronic warfare drills will be staged to assess the capability of the equipment supplied to us by the industrial sector,” Pourdastan said in an interview with the state-run news agency on Tuesday.

Noting that the capabilities of forces and their equipment will be assessed in an environment where all wireless devices will be jammed, he said, “It will be a telecommunication, ICT, electronic war and counter-electronic warfare drills in which all tactics will be used.”

Elsewhere, Pourdastan announced that the Ground Forces have received frequency-hopping wireless equipment which can act well in jammed environments, adding that they have been tested under laboratory conditions and in one of the recent wargames and will also be extensively used again in the upcoming electronic warfare drills next year.

The Iranian Armed Forces have recently test-fired different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of home-made weapons, tools and equipment, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircrafts, 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.

In a recent development, the IRGC Navy ended the massive wargames, codenamed Payambar-e Azam (The Great Prophet) 9, in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz late February.

Speaking to reporters in the Southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said that the IRGC’s massive wargames ended after three days in Southern Iran after testing a strategic weapon.

“This new weapon plays a determining role in increasing Iran’s naval power to confront the threats, specially by the US, against the Islamic Revolution,” he said.

Different IRGC Navy vessels were used in the exercises.

On the first day of the drills, a mock aircraft carrier was destroyed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps missiles.

The model was built in real size and came under attack and was destroyed by missiles and rockets fired from tens of IRGC speedboats.

Also a number of the IRGC cruise and two ballistic missiles were fired at the mock US aircraft carrier.

Also during the wargames, a mobile naval target was destroyed by Fateh 110 and Zelzal missiles on a deserted island 270km away from the wargames zone.

During the first moments of the second stage of the drills, enemy drones were also hit and destroyed by Misaq shoulder-launched missiles and artilleries mounted on 100 IRGC’s speedboats.

Also, tens of IRGC vessels conducted high-speed mine-laying operations in a short period of time to get ready for critical situations in times of possible threats.

Fadavi described Iran’s “mine-laying” capability as “the most important concern of the Americans”, and said, “We have the most advanced sea mines which cannot be imagined by the Americans.”

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

Iranian officials have always stressed that the country’s military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.