The Iranian army announced that it would hold “major missile exercises” in the Sea of Oman on Tuesday.
During the drills, the Makran and Zra warships, which carry missile launchers, will be used during the exercises, according to Arabic Sputnik.
On Thursday, Iranian armed forces began a large-scale military exercise in the southern waters of the country amid an unprecedented escalation of tensions with the US.
The three-day military drill, dubbed Zulfiqar-99, involves Iran’s army, navy, air force, and air defense force, and many newly developed weapons.
The massive drill is being conducted over 2 million square kilometers (772,204 square miles) territory covering eastern waters of the Strait of Hormuz, the Sea of Oman, the Makran coast, and the northern Indian Ocean with the theme “sustainable security under deterrent power.”
The drill kicked off Thursday morning with surface and subsurface vessels, air and naval flights, radar, and missile systems under the command of Zulfiqar Army Base, sources said.
The objective of the drill is to test the country’s offensive and defensive tactical plans to safeguard Iran’s territorial waters amid tensions in the region.
Many incidents have been reported in the Persian Gulf region involving vessels of Iran and the US in recent months, at times coming dangerously close to confrontation.
The two countries have regularly exchanged barbs since May 2018 when US President Donald Trump announced withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and reinstated sanctions.
Over the two years, Iran’s military drills have become a regular feature, which experts believe is a “show of power” to its adversaries.