On January 7, the Houthis’ media wing released footage showing the wreckage of a Saudi-led coalition combat drone that was recently shot down.
The drone, a Turkish-made Karayel, was shot down over the northern Yemen province of al-Jawf a day earlier with an unidentified ground-to-air missile.
The newly-released footage shows the wreckage of the downed drone including its optical system, which was made by Hensoldt AG.
The system, ARGOS-II, was designed for surveillance and targeting. It is equipped with a thermal imager and a multi-spectral TV cameras as well as a near infrared laser pointer and illuminator.
The Hensoldt AG is a multinational corporation. However, it is based in Germany, which banned arms sells to Saudi Arabia. Last month, Berlin extend the ban on exporting arms to Saudi Arabia until the end of 2021.
The optical targeting system was likely installed on Saudi Arabia’s Karayel drones by the Turkish manufacturer, Vestel. Yet, this may be a violation of Germany’s law.
The downing of the drone was another blow to the Saudi-led coalition. Its warplanes actively carry out combat operations over Yemen.
- The Liaison and Coordination Officers’ Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 215 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours.
- On January 6, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 2 airstrikes on Khab and Shaaf areas.
- On January 6, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 3 airstrikes on the Madghal area.
- On January 6, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted airstrikes on the Sarwah area.
The Saudi-led coalition air supremacy over Yemen is being challenged by the Houthis’ growing air-defense capabilities. The group has been slowly restricting the coalition’s freedom of operations in the country’s airspace.
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