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Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' (IRGC) has begun its military drill, the Great Prophet 7, by firing indigenously made missiles at hypothetical enemy bases.
On Tuesday, IRGC's long, medium and short-range missiles targeted "simulations of the transregional forces' airbases" in the northern Semnan Desert.
The domestically-produced missiles include Shahab (Meteor) (1, 2, 3, Khalij Fars (Persian Gulf), Tondar (Lightning), Fateh (Victor) and Zelzal (Quake) as well as Qiam (Uprising).
The IRGC launched the missile drill on Monday in the central Iranian province of Semnan by deploying the missiles, which were fired on Tuesday.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and gained self-sufficiency in essential military hardware and defense systems.
In February, the IRGC conducted a military exercise named Val Fajr in Markazi (central) Desert days after the Army's air forces wrapped up the four-day exercise, Tharallah, near the strategic Persian Gulf region.
Also in February, during the Hamiyan-e Velayat drill, the IRGC forces practiced tactical commando raid and aerial combat, launched air offensive and defensive operations and carried out heliborne and anti-heliborne operations.
In January, the IRGC Ground Forces held the Shohaday-e Vahdat military drill in the eastern province of Khorasan Razavi.
The country has repeatedly made clear that its military might is merely based on the state's defense doctrine of deterrence, and that it poses no threat to other countries.