The Iranian Armed Forces staged daylong massive air defense drills in the Southern port of Chabahar on its coasts along the Sea of Oman, to elevate their preparedness against any possible hostile drone flights over the country’s territorial waters and islands, an Iranian air defense commander said.

Lieutenant Commander of Iran’s Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Air Defense Base Brigadier General Alireza Sabahifard said, the drill, codenamed ‘Mesbah al-Hoda’ (Lantern of Guidance), primarily involved the Chabahar air defense units.

“This maneuver was managed in an integrated manner employing the available human resources and equipment and was carried out with a focus on countering the psychological operations of the enemy by using the tactics of power, speed and accuracy in conducting operations,” the commander said.

He further went on to say that Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base holds periodic exercises in all air defense units across the country to keep its forces ready for critical conditions.

Sabahifard also assessed as “favorable” the readiness of various components of Iran’s air defense force, adding that the units’ preparedness is subjected to regular testing.

The 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.