The Houthis shot down on November 29 an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter of the Saudi-led coalition near Yemen’s border with the Kingdom.
Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Yemeni group, said in an official statement that the helicopter was downed with an anti-aircraft missile “equipped with a new tech” that will be revealed soon. The spokesman added that a video of the operation will be released.
“The Armed Forces affirms that approaching Yemeni airspace is prohibited … and that it will confront all the enemies’ violations until it reaches full protection of Yemeni airspace,” Brig. Gen. Sair said.
According to the Houthis, both the Apache’s pilot and gunner were killed in the incident, which took place south of the Saudi province of Asir.
Yemeni sources released a short video supposedly showing the downing of the Saudi attack helicopter. The video has not been verified, yet.
Around 30 Apache attack helicopters are in service with the Saudi Arabian National Guard Forces (SANGF). More than 90 others are operated by the Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLF).
Saudi Apache helicopters participate in the offensive and defensive military operations along the border with Yemen on a regular basis.
Earlier in 2019, the Houthis revealed two “locally-developed” air-defense systems. Back then, the Yemeni group said that other unknown systems are in service, or being developed.