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Houthis Release Video Of New Air-Defense System Downing Saudi Apache Helicopter

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On November 30, the Houthis released a video of their fighters shooting down a Saudi AH-64 Apache attack helicopter with a new unidentified air-defense system.

In the video, the seemingly large air-defense system and its missile were blurred by the Houthis’ media wing. The size of the system and the missile contradicts the assessment of some observers, who claimed that a man-portable air-defense system (MANPADs) was used.

The Saudi Apache was shot down in the morning of November 29 over the Kingdom’s border with Yemen, mainly south of the Saudi province of Asir.

The helicopters pilot Capt. Abdul Majeed Mohammed Omari and gunner 1st Lit. Saud Saad al-Shehri were both killed in the incident.

Houthis Release Video Of New Air-Defense System Downing Saudi Apache Helicopter

Alleged image of Capt. Omari [left] and 1st Lit. al-Shehri [right].

Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Yemeni group, had revealed that the helicopter was downed with an anti-aircraft missile “equipped with a new tech,” promising that the system will be revealed soon.

Earlier this year, the Houthis revealed two “locally-developed” air-defense systems. None of them appear to be the one used to down the Saudi Apache.

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