Iranian Report On Military Drill Showcases Submarines, Anti-Ship Missiles, ‘Suicide’ Drone

MESOP MIDEAST WATCH :  MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 9633



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On November 8, 2021, Channel 1 (Iran) aired a report about a military drill dubbed “Zulfiqar 1400 [2021]” that was carried out by the Islamic Republic of Iran Army. The report showcased the Tareq submarine and its torpedo capabilities, and it showed the Qadir and Nasr anti-ship missiles being launched by Iranian vessels. The report also said that the Arash “suicide drone” has become operational.

“The Number And Variety Of The [Iranian] Army’s Submarines Have Placed Iran Among The Leading 10 Countries In The World”

Presenter: “The roar of the Qadir and Qader missiles and of the torpedoes [were heard] on the second day of the ‘Zulfiqar 1400’ [2021] military drill. The naval units of the Army’s navy used the Qadir missile and destroyed their targets on the surface of the sea.”

Narrator: “The Tareq submarine has 15 minutes before its sets out. The commander is ready.”

Reporter: “In order to shoot a torpedo, we enter the Tareq submarine – the largest submarine of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army. In order to protect operational security, the camera cannot join me from now on.”

Narrator: “After a three-hour reconnaissance that was part of the Zulfiqar joint drill, Tareq identifies the invader and locks in on the target. From the helicopter’s camera, you can see the moment of the DM1 mine launching, the trajectory of the torpedo, and the destruction of the target. In this vast [battle] scene, Tareq is not alone. The number and variety of the army’s submarines have placed Iran among the leading 10 countries in the world. I need to get out of Tareq, in order to document the moment that the Qadir and Nasr missiles are launched by the army’s naval units.”

“Today, The Arash Suicide Drone Also Successfully Became Operational, And It Hit The Target Accurately”

Reporter: “The roar of the Nasr missile means that it can destroy targets weighing 3,000 tons, like a battleship. What you witness here is the roar of the all-Iranian anti-ship missile.”

Narrator: “In a few minutes, the target will be destroyed. We are sailing on the Najm ship, from the Sea of Oman to the Jask Shore. The Aadir anti-ship missile is supposed to destroy the target at sea.”


Soldier: “In the name of Zahra!”

Reporter: “Today, the Arash suicide drone also successfully became operational, and it hit the target accurately.”

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MEMRI TV Clip No. 9169

Former Iranian Diplomat Seyyed Hadi Seyyed Afghahi: Martyrdom-Seekers Are Ready To Make The Persian Gulf Red With The Blood Of Americans

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Former Iranian diplomat Seyyed Hadi Seyyed Afghahi said in a November 3, 2021 interview on Al-Alam TV (Iran) that the entire Iranian nation is united behind the IRGC and that there are martyrdom-seekers “who will make the water of the Persian Gulf red with the blood of Americans and anybody who joins them.” He said that the U.S. is failing and must “act rationally and think a thousand times” before setting out on any “adventures.” For more about Afghahi, see MEMRI TV Clips No. 8977No. 8163, and No. 7945.

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Seyyed Hadi Seyyed Afghahi: “The entire Iranian nation is now united behind the IRGC. If we need, there are martyrdom-seekers who will make the water of the Persian Gulf red with the blood of the Americans and anybody who joins them in any adventure. The U.S. must act rationally, and think a thousand times before setting out on any adventure.”