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Houthis Claim They Shot Down Saudi Tornado Warplane


Houthis Claim They Shot Down Saudi Tornado Warplane

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UPDATE: According to the pro-Houthis al-Masirah TV, Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out five airstrikes on the wreckage of the downed Tornado IDS.


The Houthis announced late on February 14 that the Yemeni Air Defense Force had shot down a Tornado IDS combat aircraft of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF).

Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Yemeni group, said that the Saudi combat aircraft was shot down over the northern Yemeni province of al-Jawf after conducting “hostile acts.”

According to the spokesman, an advanced anti-aircraft missile equipped with new technology was used to shot down the Tornado IDS.

“The skies of Yemen are not for picnic, and the enemy must consider this a thousand times,” Brig. Gen. Sari said.

The RSAF operates more than 80 Tornedo IDS, a part of them was upgraded to the GR4 standard. The agreement to purchase the Tornado was part of the controversial al-Yamamah arms deal between British Aerospace and the Saudi government in the 80s.

The Saudi-led coalition has not commented on the Houthis’ claims, thus far. The upcoming few hours will likely reveal more information about the alleged incident.

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