Commander: Armed Forces to Display Latest Achievements in Nationwide Parades
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Different units of the Iranian Armed Forces are scheduled to display the latest defense achievements during the nationwide military parades due to be held on Sunday, marking the start of the Sacred Defense Week, a senior military officials said on Friday.
Nationwide military parades of the Iranian armed forces will be held on Sunday, Head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Public Relations Department General Ramezan Sharif said today, adding that different units, including ground, naval, air and air defense forces representing the Army, the IRGC and also Basij (volunteer) forces will take part in the parades.
According to Sharif, several Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, senior military commanders and official, as well as a number of foreign military attaches will be in attendance at the parades which commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the onset of the Iraqi war against Iran in the 1980s.
General Sharif further noted that the most recent military equipment and defense capabilities of the Iranian forces will be put on display during the event, stressing that such capabilities are totally indigenous and have been manufactured by Iranian specialist of defense industry.
He also added that this year, the IRGC is in charge of the coordination of this year’s parades on the occasion of the Sacred Defense Week.
In Iran, the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war is known as the Sacred Defense, and Sacred Defense Week is held on the anniversary of the beginning of the war.
Sacred Defense Week begins on Shahrivar 31 in the Iranian calendar (September 22 this year), which is the day Iraq invaded Iran and began the imposed war on the country in 1980.
Each year, various units of the Iranian Army, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Iran’s Armed Forces, and the Islamic Republic of Iran Police participate in nationwide military parades to mark the event.