What happened during Iran's seven-day Zulfiqar-1400 exercise?

Babak Taghvaee recently monitored the activities of Iran’s main military branches during Exercise Zulfiqar-1400 - a major seven-day exercise on the southeast coastline of the country.

The Iranian military put on a major exercise in early November that saw all four of its military branches – air, air defence, ground and navy – practise their interoperability skills. The drills performed during Joint Exercise Zulfiqar-1400, took place from November 1-7, centring on the Makran district on the Gulf of Oman. Aviation assets in the exercise comprised 16 fixed-wing aircraft, including 14 Iranian Air Force fighters, alongside six UAVs and 14 helicopters, notably four AH-1J attack helicopters. All this took place a few days after a large scale air force exercise that involved more than 80 fighter jets.

Exercise Zulfiqar-1400 [Ali Kashani]
Two F-4E Phantoms of the 101 Combat Command Training Squadron participating in Joint Exercise Zulfiqar-1400 hold at the end of the Chahabahar runway on November 1. Ali Kashani


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