Iran to hold military exercises

2011-06-26 20:32

Tehran - Iranian state television says Tehran will hold 10 days of ground, naval and missile exercises starting this week.

The Sunday report says the exercises, dubbed "The Great Prophet Six," will begin on Monday and include tests of long-range missiles such as the Sajjil, which boasts a range of more than 2 000km.

State TV says medium- and short-range missiles, drone aircraft and the country's air defence systems will also take part in the drills.

General Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the revolutionary guards' aerospace department, says the exercises come in response to a growing US presence in the region.

Iran regularly holds military exercises, and is pressing ahead with a military missile programme that is capable of reaching Israel, US bases in the Gulf and parts of southeast Europe.

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