An Iranian combat drone struck a mock Israeli naval base and ship during a recent military drill.
The Zolfaqar 1401 exercise saw an Ababil-5 suicide drone taking off from a Hengam-class landing ship, striking a target resembling the Eilat Naval Base, The Times of Israel reported citing open-source intelligence.
The annual drill included striking an Israeli Navy’s Sa’ar 6 corvette mock-up berthed at the base, The Jerusalem Post wrote.
Israel recently tested a long-range Barak missile interceptor from the German-made corvette.
Interesting footage of an Iranian loitering munition (looks like an Ababil-2) launched from Hengam class landing ship IRIS Lavan and hitting a simulated naval base target during Iranian Army "Zolfaghar-1401" exercise today. pic.twitter.com/qB87DW7lQe
— Mehdi H. (@mhmiranusa) December 31, 2022
The loitering munition flew 400 kilometers (248 miles) to hit the target near the Strait of Hormuz, Daily Sabah reported, citing state media.
The drill included a range of drones, including combat, reconnaissance, and intercept models.
The Iranian Army drill began on December 29, involving ground forces, air force, navy, and air defense force.
— Samir (@obretix) December 31, 2022
Domestic ‘Mersad’ Air Defense System
On January 1, the drill saw Iran’s domestically-developed missile defense system, Mersad, demonstrating drone interception.
The mobile air defense system has a detection range of 150 kilometers (93 miles), capable of destroying targets within 40 kilometers (25 miles).
The drills also reportedly saw submarines with locally-developed torpedoes destroying underwater targets.