24 Sep 2020 19:16

Russian, Iranian naval ships hold artillery live-fire exercise in Caspian Sea at Caucasus 2020 drills

MOSCOW. Sept 24 (Interfax) - Ships of the Iranian and Russian navies have carried out an artillery live-fire exercise in the Caspian Sea during the Caucasus 2020 strategic command-post drills, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

"During the Caucasus 2020 strategic command-post exercise, the tactical group of ships of the Caspian Flotilla and the Iranian Navy comprising the Tatarstan missile ship, the Veliky Ustyug small missile ship, the Astrakhan small gunboat and the Joshan and Paykan missile boats has successfully held an artillery live-fire exercise involving organic systems on the mock enemy maritime and aerial targets in the Caspian Sea," the statement said.

Onboard radio-electronic systems and surveillance systems performed target assignment and set firing parameters, the Defense Ministry said. Towing targets played the role of the mock enemy ships.

Thanks to joint actions undertaken by the ships of the flotilla and the missile boats of the Iranian Navy, the tactical group of ships has destroyed the mock enemy group at sea by the gunfire, the Defense Ministry said, adding that the ships also accomplished the elements of combat maneuvering within the group.