Iran’s military has kicked of naval, air, and ground exercises in the coastal area of the Gulf of Oman and near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, state media report.
Commandos and airborne infantry will take part in the drills, along with submarines, drones, fighter jets, helicopters transport aircraft and air defense systems, state TV said on December 30.
The maneuvers, dubbed Zolfaghar-1401, are aimed at “improving readiness in confronting foreign threats and any possible invasion,” the report said.
Tehran, which opposes the presence of Western navies in the Strait of Hormuz, regularly holds military drills in the area. The strait, located at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, is crucial to global energy supplies, with about one-fifth of all oil traded at sea passing through it.
Iran’s military maneuvers come as the authorities continue their bloody crackdown on anti-government protests that have rocked the country for more than three months.