(Persia Digest) – Iranian armed forces of the IRGC, Army, Police, Border Guards, and Basij have begun their simultaneous parades in Tehran and thirty provincial capitals across the country to mark the start of the Holy Defense Week.
Persia Digest (PD) reports that 22 September is the anniversary of the Iraqi invasion of Iran in 1980. Iran’s armed forces mark the day by displaying their military might in parades every year. This is called Holy Defense Week on the official calendar and includes a range of programs.
This year’s parade in Tehran took place at Imam Khomeini’s (RA) Mausoleum as in every other year and was attended by President Hassan Rouhani, Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Commander Mohammad Bagheri, Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Commander Hossein Salami, Command-in-Chief of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army, Major General Seyed Abdolrahim Mousavi, and Police Chief, Commander Hossein Ashtari.
In addition to Tehran, the parade in Bandar Abbas Port, southern Iran, was also held on a national level.
Apart from the infantry parade, military equipment will also be on display in Tehran, including fighter jets and helicopters such as the “Kowsar”, wholly made by Iranians, which will fly over the official stance. A new artillery system called “Hael” will also be unveiled in Tehran today.
The Bandar Abbas parade will also showcase ships, submarines, and hovercrafts of the navy of the Iranian army in the Persian Gulf. Air Force and IRGC jets and helicopters will also fly over the Persian Gulf.
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