"Short-, medium- and long-range missiles will be fired, especially the
Khalij-Fars, Sejil, Fateh, Qiam, and Shihab-1 and -2 missiles," Gen.
On June 27, IRGC showed underground silos designed for
intermediate-range missiles and blocked to Western satellites. Officials
said a range of missiles have already been stored in the silos, capable of
rapid launch toward Israel or other countries.
"Missiles, which are permanently in the vertical position, are ready to
hit the predetermined targets," IRGC Col. Asghar Qelichkhani, a spokesman
for the exercise, said.
Great Prophet has been deemed the leading annual exercise by IRGC. Over
the last five years, IRGC has used the exercise to demonstrate its new
weapons, particularly ballistic missiles, fast attack craft and unmanned
Hajizadeh, chief of IRGC's aerospace department, said Great Prophet was
meant to respond to the growing U.S. military presence in the Gulf. He did
Officials said Great Prophet would last 10 days in the Gulf as well as
in Iran. They said IRGC would test its new Qiam-1, identified as a
surface-to-surface missile tested in August 2010, as well as UAVs and the
Sejil solid-fuel intermediate-range missile.