Iran Embarks on the 6th ‘Great Prophet’ Week-Long Exercise

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    Qiam 1 missile launched during a test firing. Qiam 1 was inducted into IRGC service in May 2011. Photo: FARS News

    Iran is planning to launch multiple ballistic missiles this week, as part of the annual, week-long ‘Great Prophet’ series of large scale exercises, incorporating the firing of various types of missiles.

    Instead of stabilizing and guidance fins, Qiam 1 uses thrust vectoring offering lower drag, higher speed and reduced radar signature. The new steering mechanism is shown here in an official photo released by Mehr news agency. Photo: MEHR News

    Among the missiles to be launched in the week-long exercise are long-range, mid-range, and short-range missiles, including Khalij-e Fars anti-ship missiles with range of 300 km, the new Qiyam finless-ballistic missile, Shahab 1 and Shahab 2, Sejil (2000 km) ballistic missile and Fateh 110 guided ballistic missile. Some of the Iranian ballistic missiles are operated from relocatable launchers, transported by trucks, while others are stored in hidden missile silos, remotely controlled from the missiles launch control center. The missiles stored in such silos are part of the IRGC quick response force. They are aimed at pre-determined targets, used as a retaliatory force.

    Qiam 1 missile launched during a test firing. Qiam 1 was inducted into IRGC service in May 2011. Photo: FARS News