Tehran, YJC. Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has tested a shoulder-launched anti-aircraft gun, which can be used to shoot down any helicopter intruding into Iranian airspace.
The spokesman for the Payambar-e Azam 8 (The Great Prophet 8) war games, Brigadier General Hamid Sarkheili, said on Saturday that the new weapon was domestically designed and developed by IRGC defense technicians.
He added that the 20-mm caliber weapon can target helicopters at a distance of 1,400 meters (4,593 feet).
The IRGC Ground Forces started the Payambar-e Azam 8 exercise, which includes practice maneuvers of various defense tactics, in the southeastern province of Kerman on Saturday.
Special modern warfare units conducted drills, asymmetrical warfare tactics were practiced, and various types of unmanned aerial vehicles were tested on the first day of the war games.
On Saturday, the deputy commander of the IRGC Ground Forces said that the Great Prophet 8 maneuver is being held to practice passive defense in asymmetrical warfare through the use of various techniques and tactics.
Brigadier General Abdullah Araqi added that the IRGC Ground Forces are improving their defensive capabilities.
Over the past few years, Iran has held several war games to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military equipment and practice tactics.