The Iranian Armed Forces, including the Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), have taken part in massive air defense exercises in October, a senior Iranian Commander announced on Sunday.

Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli said that his base along with the country’s Armed Forces’ units, including the IRGC, have participated in the massive aerial drills codenamed “Modafe’an-e Aseman-e Velayat 5 (Defenders of Velayat Skies 5)”.

“These exercises were held in an area stretching over 700,000 kilometers of land,” Brigadier General Esmayeeli said. He added that 12,000 forces of both the Army and the IRGC have taken part in the drills.