Iran to test launch new strategic weapon during Beit ul-Moqaddas 27 drills

25 May 2015 (Last Updated May 25th, 2015 18:30)

Iranian Army ground force personnel are reportedly set to test launch new indigenously built strategic weapons during the ongoing Beit ul-Moqaddas 27 drills in central parts of Iran.

Iranian Army ground force personnel are reportedly set to test launch new indigenously built strategic weapons during the ongoing Beit ul-Moqaddas 27 drills in central parts of Iran.

Iranian ground force commander brigadier general Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said: "In addition to testing new weapons and equipment during Beit ul-Moqaddas 27 drills, the newly-unveiled strategic BM sh2 sniper rifle and the Ground Force's 7.62mm weapon will be test-fired."

Launched during the Army Day parades in April this year, the 7.62mm weapon has been designed to combat enemy troops and destroy light military equipment.

Iranian soldiers have already test fired Naze'at and Fajr-5 missiles as part of the second stage of drills, which is being held from 21 to 27 May in three locations.

"The newly-unveiled strategic BM sh2 sniper rifle and the Ground Force's 7.62mm weapon will be test-fired."

In addition to assessing new equipment and weapons capabilities, the seven-day exercise also enables participants to validate advanced tactics specifically designed for fighting against proxy wars.

Pourdastan said: "In Beit ul-Moqaddas 27 wargames the presence of the drone, infantry, armoured and artillery units backed up by the heavy fire of the airborne units' helicopters and the Ground Forces' fighter jets will continue in different regions of the country."

The final stage of the Beit ul-Moqaddas 27 drills is scheduled to be held in Isfahan's Nasrabad region in central Iran.

Recent reports suggest that the Iranian Army has also used military drills to test-fire different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes, as well as a large number of indigenous weapons, tools and equipment, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircrafts, unmanned aerial vehicles and air defence, and electronic systems.