The Houthis revealed on August 2 that they had used a new medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM), dubbed Burkan-3, in the recent strike on the eastern Saudi city of Dammam.
During a press conference, the Yemeni group’s spokesman, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, said that the MRBM was developed and manufactured by “Yemeni experts” to overcome Saudi air-defense systems.
“Burkan-3 ballistic missile is the third generation of the Burkan long-range system, which can strike targets throughout the geography of the aggression’s countries,” the spokesman said.
The Burkan-3 MRBM appears to be a member of the Scud family, similar to the older Burkan-1 and 2H. However, unlike its predecessors it doesn’t share any similarities with known Iranian ballistic missiles.
The new MRBM has a range of over 1,200km. This would allow the Houthis to strike the U.S. Naval Support Activity in Bahrain. The base is located only 60km southeast of Dammam.
While it remains unclear if the new MRBM managed to hit its target, the Houthis’ ability to produce and operate such missiles poses a serious threat to the group’s foes.