The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) fired ballistic missiles from underground platforms during the second day of the massive ‘Great Prophet-14’ military drills in the southwestern part of the country on Wednesday.
The successful firing of ballistic missiles fully hidden in camouflage deep under the ground is an "important achievement" that could "pose serious challenges" to enemy intelligence agencies, the Fars News Agency reported.
In the final stage of the IRGC’s drills, which took place in the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, the IRGC Aerospace Force’s drones attacked a mock enemy aircraft carrier and targeted its command tower and bridge.
Also, the IRGC’s Sukhoi-22 fighters bombed and destroyed pre-determined targets in Faror Islands with winged bombs.
Wednesday's hugely provocative test launch of an underground ballistic missile:
The IRGC Aerospace and Naval Forces’ joint exercises played an important part of the drills and demonstrated surprising tactics, including the establishment of joint command systems, joint control, combined tactics and combat methods.
Successful missile combat operations were carried out by firing two surface-to-surface Hurmoz and Fateh missiles, and a ballistic missile at specific targets, as well as launching precision-striking air defense missiles.
Iran Touts Vast Underground "Missile Cities" Along Coast As "Nightmare For Enemies" https://t.co/0gpFJS56uL— zerohedge (@zerohedge) July 6, 2020
Also, Shahed 181, Mohajer and Bavar drones successfully attacked and destroyed hypothetical enemy targets and positions at this stage of the drills.
Iran's state media has over the past few years touted that it has vast 'underground missile cities' prepared in the event of an Israeli or US attack:
Video shows missiles being prepared in an unknown Iranian underground missile city before their launch against U.S. military bases in #Iraq.#DecisiveResponse #Iran #SoleimaniAssassination pic.twitter.com/8p4iGujggZ— Press TV (@PressTV) January 8, 2020
Meanwhile, Iran's air and naval military drills in the strait have put US forces in the region on high alert. A US Navy statement on Tuesday slammed the drills as "irresponsible and reckless".