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Photos: Iran stages first phase of nationwide military drill

Source: ISNA, Tehran

Iran staged five-day nationwide military drill dubbed "defenders of the sky of velayate 3" on Tuesday.

"Defense forces of army, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), police and Basij have joined the military exercise," said the Spokesman of the drill Brigadier General Hamid Arjangi.

"The military maneuver is staged across the country unlike to that of last year," he told reporters.

"Aircrafts of the enemy dubbed "Orange Forces" were identified and intercepted by our radar systems and then command of confrontation operation against the enemy was given."

He added, missile systems with low, mid and high altitude are used in the drill.

"Boosting self-confidence and self-esteem of Iranian air defense forces is one of the goals of the operations," he said adding, "new or modernized air defense systems, long-range missile as well as radar systems built indigenously over last year are used in the drill."

Promotion of defense units' training, transfer of experiences of old personnel to younger ones and employment and evaluation of passive defense system are other aims of the operations.

The first phase of the "defenders of the sky of velayate 3" military exercise will be wrapped up on Wednesday and then the second stage kicks off.

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