Dramatic video has emerged from Iranian state television showing recent tests of ballistic missiles and other weapons aimed against targets that include a rough mockup of Israel’s nuclear facility near Dimona in the Negev Desert. In one remarkable sequence, the warhead of what appears to be a Dezful medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) leaves an impressively fiery trail behind it immediately before it impacts the target.
Iran’s IMA Media releases high definition video with new angles showing short-range and medium-range ballistic missiles and explosive suicide drone strikes on a mock-up of Israel’s Dimona nuclear facility in the Negev Desert pic.twitter.com/hu9zhazqhC
— ELINT News (@ELINTNews) December 25, 2021
The footage comes from a five-day exercise known as Great Prophet 17, carried out in southern Iran, which came to an end last Friday. The war games were intended as an explicit warning to Israel in light of Tehran’s worries over possible Israeli plans to target Iran’s own nuclear sites. With that in mind, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) carried out the attack on the mockup of Dimona nuclear complex, home to a secretive Israeli nuclear reactor, while official video combined this with a digital mock-up showing an aerial view of the Israeli site.
Better footage: Iran builds mock Israeli dimona nuclear PP and hits it with ballistic missiles pic.twitter.com/p9LgScmwXl
— ASB News / MILITARY〽️ (@ASBMilitary) December 25, 2021
— Intelsky (@Intel_sky) December 26, 2021
“Through a simulation of the Dimona atomic facilities, the Revolutionary Guards successfully practiced attacking this critical center of the Zionist regime in its missile exercise,” the semi-official Tasnim news agency stated. Exactly how realistic that mockup of Dimona was is questionable, with a clear physical resemblance to the nuclear reactor but apparently little in the way of a substantial structure.
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