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Iran Conducts War Games in Persian Gulf

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- The Iranian army fighter jets Wednesday successfully targeted premeditated enemy vessels with their air-to-sea missiles and bombs in the second stage of the 'Unity 87' wargames.

According to FNA dispatches, the Air Force F4E fighter jets accomplished all their missions successfully in the second stage of the drills and destroyed enemy vessels with their AGM missiles and flying bombs.

The main stage of 'Unity 87' wargames will take place on Thursday.

Iranian naval forces started six days of war games in the Persian Gulf and the strategic Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday.

"The aim of this maneuver is to increase the level of readiness of Iran's naval forces and also to test and to use domestically-made naval weaponry," Admiral Qasem Rostamabadi said.

The maneuver started yesterday with the deployment of troops in and around the strategic Straight of Hormoz and the troops officially started their drills on Wednesday.

The naval maneuvers would cover an area of 50,000 square miles, including the Sea of Oman off Iran's southern coast.

"In this six-day long maneuver there will be more than 60 combat vessel units," Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, commander of the navy, said.

They would include destroyers, missile-equipped battleships, submarines, special-operations teams, helicopters, and fighter planes, he said.

Iran often stages exercises or tests weapons to show its determination to counter any attack by the United States or Israel against its nuclear sites.

Navy Commander Meets Foreign Military Attaches

Commander of the Iranian army's naval forces Admiral Habibollah Sayyari attended a meeting here on Wednesday with the military attaches of foreign countries on the sidelines of his troops' large-scale military drills in the Persian Gulf.

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