Iran’s IRGC Ground Forces have launched military drills in Dasht-e Kavir, the country’s central desert.

The military maneuvers, codenamed Payambar-e-A’azam (the Great Prophet) 11, was launched on Monday in order to demonstrate the Islamic Republic’s power and enduring stability.

IRGC’s drones as well as its artillery, air defense and infantry units are featured in the wargames.

The first phase of the military exercise witnessed the launch of state-of-the-art and precision-guided rockets against mock enemy targets.

The drills challenge the intelligence command and defensive capabilities of the IRGC’s elite servicemen against potential threats.

The Revolutionary Guards also held a drill in January in western Iran in order to improve its might and boats its combat preparedness. During the exercise, IRGC’s prowess in devising new tactics and methods of warfare was challenged.

Some Western countries, led by the new U.S. administration, have condemned Iran’s military drills.

The White House said earlier in February that it is considering a proposal that could lead to potentially designating Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.

This is while, as some analysts say, Donald Trump’s anti-Iran rhetoric is hugely influenced by Israel and Saudi Arabia which are considered main sponsors of terrorism in the Middle East.