Date: December 18, 2014 / Azar 27, 1393
Summary: In a press conference, various commanders outlined the details of the coming Army exercise that will kick off on December 25 in the Indian Ocean.-
The Army's Deputy Commander – Seyyed Abdulrahim Mousavi – said:
“The big army exercise will be held from December 25 through 31, and different units from the Navy, Air Force, Ground Force, and Air Defense Force will participate.
The scope of this exercise will be around 2 million sqkm, and on the last day a big parade will be held by surface and sub-surface units units. [The exercise will cover] 10 degrees from the Indian Ocean to east of the Hormuz Strait and the Makran Coast, and on land it will include part of the Sistan and Baluchistan Province, and the Hormozgan province.
This exercise will be implemented based on real threats and the planning of the Army's Zulfiqar HQ, and the units will operate as they would in [actual combat].
The peace and security in the region must be established by regional countries and we stress that we are opposed to the presence of foreigners in the region.
In parts of this exercise, we will practice fighting terrorism.
The Army and IRGC are two brothers and each one is trying to be family to the Peshmerga. [Of course sometimes we have hidden rivalries with one another], however both the Army and IRGC operate under one vision of the Islamic Republic and one command, which is that of the Supreme Leader.”
The Commander of the Army's Navy – BG Habibollah Sayyari – said:
“Two IRGC naval bases in Jask and Chahbahar are present under operational control in the Mohammed Rasoolallah exercise.
The Army's missile ability [will be demonstrated] through the use of surface-to-surface, coast-to-sea, ground-to-air, and air-to-surface missiles in this exercise.
We will notify [others] which region [will be used for the live-fire portion of the exercise], which the foreigners will leave.
Whoever does not leave the region will [face] their own consequences.
Foreign observers have been invited to this exercise.”
The commander of the Army's Air Defense Force – BG Farzad Esmaeli – said:
“In this exercise, such as in the past, spy-aircraft will be [driven] away from the region's [flight-identification-region].
The Air Defense HQ will participate in this exercise over 133,000 sqkm of ground, and 162,000 sqkm of air, and will act in cooperation with the IRGC's air defense.
In this exercise, 3,000 people will directly perform air defense, and 10,000 people will perform support measures.”
The Deputy Commander of the Army's Ground Force – BG Kiomars Heydari – said:
“[The NEZAJA will have a presence in this exercise across 43,000 sqkm.]
The Army Aviation will display new air-mobility tactics in this exercise, and NEZAJA UAVs will have presence with special tactics.
27 special categories of NEZAJA [units] will show their capabilities in the form of a single independent command system.
The rapid transfer of forces to the most important sites on the battle field, which in this exercise will [include the aerial transport of the] the 55th Airborne Brigade. Also, special green-beret units from the 65th Special Operations Brigade will perform defensive and offensive [operations] on the coastal battlefield, and armored [units] will also display new tactics.”
The Army's Air Force Research Deputy and Spokesperson – BG Hossein Chitfaroush – said:
“In this exercise, nine types of IRIAF aircraft, from heavy and medium bombers, to fighters and fighter-bombers, will be present, and new and different types of missiles will be tested.”
Title: We Have Arrived at 100% Self-Sufficiency in Dam Construction
Date: December 18, 2014 / Azar 27, 1393
The director of the IRGC's Taavon bonyad, and the deputy commander of the Khatam al-Anbiya Construction HQ – Parviz Fattah – has continued the passionate public defense of the IRGC's economic role. His comments have come on the heals of similar defenses offered by an array of officials including the secretary of the Expediency Council, the president's deputy for strategic planning and supervision, his oil minister, and his energy minister.-
In particular, Fattah referred to the KAA HQ's efforts during the 90s to rebuild areas damaged in the war, including the construction of the Karkheh dam under Rafsanjani's and Khatami's presidencies, as well as their role in petrochemicals following the departure of the supermajors Shell and Total.
Importantly, while aknowledging that there were differences between the government and the HQ, he claims that these are only minor differences and haven't affected the HQ's work on any of their projects.