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Houthis Shot Down Saudi-led Coalition CH-4 Combat Drone Over Northern Yemen (Video)

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Houthis Shot Down Saudi-led Coalition CH-4 Combat Drone Over Northern Yemen (Video)

Illustrative image, source: the Houthis media wing

On December 1, 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 northern Yemen.  

In a statement, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Yemeni group, said that the drone was conducting “hostile acts” over the area of Alamashya when it was shot down with a “ground-to-air” missile. Alamashya is located along the administrative border between the provinces of Saada and Amran.

The Houthis shared footage showing the moment the drone was shot down and its wreckage. Within a few minutes, Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out two airstrikes on the drone crash site.

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-led Coalition CH-4 Combat Drone Over Northern Yemen (Video)

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This was the fifth CH-4 combat drone of the Saudi-led coalition to be shot down over Yemen by the Houthis’ air defenses this year.

  • On February 12, a CH-4 drone was shot down over the district of Meghdal in the central province of Ma’rib;
  • On March 23, a CH-4 drone was shot down over an unspecified part of Ma’rib;
  • On May 23, a CH-4 drone was shot down over the district of al-Maraziq in the northern province of al-Jawf;
  • On October 6, a CH-4 drone was shot down over the district of al-Jubah in Ma’rib.

The Houthis’ air defense forces stepped up their operations this year. So far, at least 15 drone have been shot down by the group.

Air-defense systems used by the Houthis varies from MANPADs [man-portable air-defense systems] to upgraded Soviet medium-range systems and air-to-air missiles which were modified to be launched from the ground.

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