Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard Corps sailed from a helicopter aimed at a replica-aimed US aircraft missile in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, state television said on Tuesday – an exercise aimed at threatening the US in the face of tensions between Tehran and Washington.
The exercise, nicknamed the 14th Prophet Muhammad, took place near the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane dedicated to a fifth of world oil production.
An air and naval army of the Guard filmed on state television filmed on state television prepared for an attack on the southwest coast of the country.
High-speed boats sank through the water while ground forces fired cannons and a rocket was fired from a helicopter, leaving traces of smoke before appearing to strike the side of a fake warship.
The Iranian maritime maneuver was staged during heightened tensions between Iran and the United States.
The US Navy has condemned Iran’s “irresponsible and reckless behavior”, calling it an “intimidation and coercion”.
The 5th U.S. Navy, based in the Gulf of Bahrain, has also criticized Iran’s use of airplane replicas.
“We are aware of the Iranian exercise that attacked a model of a stationary aircraft carrier,” its commander, Commander Rebecca Rebarich, told AFP on Tuesday.
“The U.S. Navy, along with its partners, is conducting defensive exercises in support of maritime security, supporting freedom of navigation; while Iran is conducting offensive exercises in an attempt to intimidate and coercion.”
Although the coronavirus pandemic covered Iran and the United States for several months, there were increasing signs of confrontation as the United States claimed an extension of the year-long UN arms embargo on Tehran, which expires in October.
The war games came just days after Tehran accused U.S. fighters of harassing an Iranian commercial plane over Syria.
At least four passengers on a Mahan Air plane were injured in an incident on Thursday when the pilot took urgent action to evade war planes, Iranian authorities said.
Tensions between Tehran and Washington escalated after US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from an important Iran nuclear deal in 2018.
From 2019 In June, when the Guard knocked down a U.S. drone in the Persian Gulf, the two sides were twice on the brink of direct confrontation.
Their hostility intensified after the assassination of Iran’s most prominent Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, in the United States. drone blow in January near Baghdad Airport.
One of the last confrontations was in mid-April, when the U.S. accused the Guards of harassing high-speed boats at its warships in the Persian Gulf.