The incident took place in the late hours of February 14 in the northern Yemeni province of al-Jawf. The warplane was providing Saudi-backed forces with a close air support, as the Saudi-led coalition had announced.
The video shows a guided anti-aircraft missile hitting the Tornado IDS. The direct hit forced the aircraft’s crew to eject immediately. The wreckage of the downed aircraft can be seen in the end of the video.
The fate of the aircraft’s’ crew remains uncertain. The Saudi-led coalition said that a search and rescue operation is undergoing, while Yemeni sources claimed that the crew have been already captured by the Houthis.
Saudi-led coalition warplanes targeted the Tornado crash site with a series of airstrikes, killing more than 30 people, including civilians. The coalition acknowledged this and said that some of the injured civilians will be brought to the Kingdom for treatment.
A Yemeni military source told al-Masirah that a “locally-made, advanced” air-defense system was used to shot down the Saudi Tornado IDS. According to the source, this was the first use of the system.
In the last few months, the Houthis shot down several drones and an attack helicopter of the Saudi-led coalition. The downing of the RSAF Tornado IDS, however, is a significant milestone for the Yemeni group’s capabilities.