Iran’s military Thursday began an expansive annual three-day exercise near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, state TV reported, with the maneuvers taking place amid heightened tensions between the Islamic Republic and the US.

Units from the navy and air force and ground forces are participating in a nearly 2 million-square-kilometer (772,200 square miles) area of the Gulf of Oman.

The Tasnim news agency reported the Iran-developed Fateh submarine and Simorgh drone were to play key roles in the drill.

Israel’s Channel 12 news reported the possibility of new weaponry being tested in the drill but no further details were given.

Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, commander of the annual exercise dubbed Zolfaghar-99, said Wednesday the operation is aimed at “improving readiness in confronting foreign threats and any possible invasion.”

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