Iran drills to attack Israeli nuclear facilities

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards used drones and launched ballistic missiles to obliterate a hypothetical target the size of an Israeli nuclear facility.

The missile launch training was part of the large-scale military exercise Payambar-e-Azadm 17 (Great Prophet 17) taking place December 20-24 in the Gulf Coast provinces of Bushehr, Hormozgan and Khuzestan.

Video released on December 26 shows Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) soldiers launching ballistic missiles and multiple suicide drones at a life-size target simulating a nuclear reactor. Israel’s Dimona reactor, whose official name is the Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center.

Many ballistic missile launchers participating in the drills were disguised as conventional cargo trucks. At least one suicide UAV launcher is also camouflaged in this way. Iranian media reported that the IRGC used 16 ballistic missiles and 5 suicide drones in a drill to attack Israel’s nuclear facilities.

Iran rehearses missile attack on Israel's nuclear facility

Iran launched a missile to simulate an Israeli nuclear reactor in a video released on December 26. Video: IMA Media.

Iran held the Payambar-e-Azadm 17 exercise amid heightened tensions with Israel and stalled negotiations over the 2015 nuclear deal. Israel opposes efforts to revive the nuclear deal, arguing that Iran is seeking to produce nuclear weapons. Iran has repeatedly denied the allegation.

Major General Hossein Salami, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), declared the “exercise a stark warning” to Israeli government officials. “If they make the slightest mistake, we will cut off their hands,” General Salami said.

Israel is said to be weighing options for a military strike against Iran, including a plan to strike a pre-emptive strike against the Middle Eastern nation’s nuclear facilities, regardless of the status of the nuclear deal.

During a meeting on December 15, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and his US counterpart Lloyd Austin discussed a joint exercise plan, which can prepare for the worst-case scenario of an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities when attempting to diplomacy failed.

Nguyen Tien (Follow RT)

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