With tensions around the Strait of Hormuz sky-high, Iranian plans to conduct the country’s “greatest naval war games” could coincide with joint US-Israeli exercises in the Persian Gulf.
With both sides taking positions, could a real battle be looming? Hopefully the massive exercises will remain just that.
But with three armies on the playing board, one spark could be enough to ignite an all-out war.
Iran, which recently held a 10-day naval exercise near the Strait of Hormuz to demonstrate its military prowess, is now planning new, ‘massive’ naval drills codenamed The Great Prophet.
The drills will be carried out by the country’s elite Revolutionary Guard, which has its own air, naval and ground forces separate from those of the regular military.
On Thursday, the semiofficial Fars news agency quoted the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s naval commander, Admiral Ali Fadavi, as saying the next round of war games would be “different” from previous ones, AP reports.
However, on the same day, an Israeli military spokesman speaking under condition of anonymity said his country was gearing up for the largest joint missile defense exercise ever held with the United States.
The drill, called “Austere Challenge 12,” is scheduled to take place in the upcoming weeks.
Its primary purpose is to test multiple Israeli and US air defense systems, especially the “Arrow” system, which the country specifically developed with help from the US to intercept Iranian missiles.