On April 6, the Yemeni Missiles Force [loyal to the Houthis] announced that it had targeted a strategic base, known as “Quat al-Wajib,” of the Saudi Army in the Saudi southern province of Najran with a Badir-1 “ballistic missile”.
The attack was a response to “the Saudi-led coalition crimes against the civilians,” according to the official statement of the Yemeni Missiles Force.
While the Yemeni Missiles Force claim that Badir-1 is “a ballistic missile,” in reality the projectile is a locally-made copy of the Iranian-made solid fuel artillery rocket, Fajir-3.
Meanwhile, Saudi sources reported that the Royal Saudi Air Defense Force (RSADF) had successfully intercepted the Yemeni rocket with its Patriot surface-to-air missile systems over Najran province. The source also released a video of the successful interception.
The Houthis had conducted five attacks with Badir-1 artillery rockets since it was first revealed on March 22. This indicates that the Houthis are now capable of producing large numbers of these advance rockets inside Yemen. In the near future, the Houthi may even present new versions of the rocket, likely with a higher speed to overcome the Patriot system.