Persian Gulf; Iran Military Drill near Strategic Strait of Hormuz , Dec 2022- Jan 2023

Iran holds military drill near strategic Strait of Hormuz, Dec 2022- Jan 2023 . Iran’s state TV says the country’s military has kicked off its annual drill in the coastal area of the Gulf of Oman and near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.


Iran’s military on Friday kicked off its annual drill in the coastal area of the Gulf of Oman and near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, state TV reported, even as the authorities continue their crackdown on anti-government protests that have been underway for over three months.

The strait is located at the mouth of the Persian Gulf and is crucial to global energy supplies, with about a fifth of all oil traded at sea passing through it.

The TV report said commandos and airborne infantry would participate in the wargames, dubbed “Zolfaghar-1401,” along with drones, fighter jets, helicopters, military transport aircraft and submarines. Iran’s military is to fire missiles and air defense systems as well, it added.


The maneuvers are aimed at “improving readiness in confronting foreign threats and any possible invasion,” the TV said.

Iran regularly holds such drills to improve its defensive power and test weapons.

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