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Houthis Shot Down Saudi Combat Drone Over Yemen Amid UN-Sponsored Ceasefire (Video)

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Houthis Shot Down Saudi Combat Drone Over Yemen Amid UN-Sponsored Ceasefire (Video)

Illustrative image, source: the Houthis media wing.

On May 4, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) announced that their air defenses had shot down a Chinese-made Rainbow CH-4 combat drone of the Saudi-led coalition over the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajjah.

In a statement, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Yemeni group, said that the drone was shot down with a “locally-made” ground-to-air missile over the district of Harad after violating the UN-sponsored ceasefire agreement in Yemen, which went into effect on April 2.

The Houthis’ Military Media released footage showing the wreckage of the downed drone, which was reportedly armed.

The CH-4 was developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation to carry out reconnaissance and combat missions. The Saudi military purchased an unknown number of the drone a few years ago.

Houthis Shot Down Saudi Combat Drone Over Yemen Amid UN-Sponsored Ceasefire (Video)

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This was the second Saudi CH-4 combat drone to be shot down by the Houthis over Yemen this year. The first drone was shot down on February 10, also over Harad.

The Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis have been exchanging accusation of ceasefire violations for the past month. Despite this, no significant military operations in Yemen or attacks on Saudi Arabia have been reported since the start of the ceasefire.

The shot down of the CH-4 drone, which was likely just a response to recent violations by the Saudi-led coalition, will not likely effect the ceasefire agreement which is set to end on June 2. The UN hopes that a permanent ceasefire agreement will be reached before the end of the current one.


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Not sure if these drones are bad or Saudis can’t operate them properly.


I still think Russia should import bunch of these


Why tho? Russia has its own drone program and they aren’t running out of drones…


The E/O sensors for weapon targeting are short ranged requiring the drone to get too close and in range of most MANPADS. Most other Chinese weaponry suffers from this issue of not being competitive with western weapons.


Both tbh, remember Iran shot down RQ-4A Global Hawk BAMS-D with 3rd Khordad SAM? That cost the US $ 222,700,000 USD. Was it the fault of the operators of the drones? No. Was the drone shit? Not really.

In Ukraine, the Turk-isis-stan drone alone got shot down over 12 (that is the number Ukraine gives btw) so the real number is like 18 to 20+ drones so far… Drones are very good if your enemy has a very bad air defense system.

You can see it in Ukraine as well, Turk-isis-stan drones achieved fuk all for Ukraine so far, they can only attack troops on the move who aren’t under Russian air defense systems in the first place.


China makes pretty basic weapons which are not competitive at all when pitted against near peer countries or guerilla outfits. They can work in sub Saharan Africa probably or in some really primitive war in very poor countries where there is no air defense at all. We could say the same for their naval warships, tanks and warplanes. There is a reason why Iran is not buying anything from China, nor that China is offering anything either due to western pressure. This must be the 100th fucking CH-4/ Wing Loong shot down over Libya, Iraq or Yemen.

Last edited 3 months ago by Ahson

I’m with you I never was a fan of Chinese weapons, but there are reasons why sometimes drones do poorly.

Also, most drones are very basic, Bayraktar TB2 (2 Million) and CH-4 (4 million) are cheap… The MQ-9 Reaper drone price is 140 Million…

NGL, Iran, and Russia are ahead in drone programs and together they make even better drones. The US and some other countries come after those two… Also, both Russia and Iran have a good electronic warfare capability against drones and such.


I think over Ukraine alone all 34 Bayraktar drones have been destroyed/ shot down. They somewhat worked against the Syrians/ Armenians……but not against Russia at all.


Do you know why it worked against Armenians? Weren’t the Armenians using Russian air defence?


1. Poor management from Armenia and leak of funds. 2. Yes, but most of the SU/Russia air defense systems were destroyed by suicide drones – not by TB2.

Also, what do you mean by the last question? Russia is also using its own systems and those drones are getting destroyed. What does that tell you? If you look at those air defense systems destroyed by Ukraine, you see most of them are on the move or getting ready to be set up.


The US supported Saudi royals and zionist regime are the cancer of the Middle East.


agree US Saudi Zionist does not want Yemen to become a better country


like Gaddafi in Libya

Icarus Tanović

Yes, Mr.UN, permanent ceasfire wull be established only after every single square feet of Yemen is liberated. That is when.


Locally made missile? From poor Yemen? Like i can make a stable, homing-in missile here in my kitchen?? Come on! Weapon dealers just sell to ALL sides. As usual. WAR is business. Loads of people to kill, Who cares?


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