Saudi-led Coalition Destroys Houthis Rocket Launcher And Shoots Down Armed Drone (Video, Photos)

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The Saudi-led coalition announced on December 1 that its warplanes had destroyed a rocket launcher of the Houthis in the northern Yemeni province of Saada. This was the second rocket launcher to be destroyed by the coalition during this week.

“The joint forces command of the coalition .. track[ed] the militias’ [Houthis] attempt to prepare the camouflaged pad launcher with ballistic missiles in Saada province … the coalition forces immediately targeted and destroyed the pad launcher in full compliance with international humanitarian law and the rules of engagement of coalition forces,” said a spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition, Colonel Turki al-Malki, according to the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV.

Experts believe that Saudi-led coalition warplanes destroyed a launcher of the Badir-1 artillery rocket. The rocket, which was revealed on March 22, is in fact a locally-made copy of the Iranian-made Fajir-3.

In a related development, the Saudi-backed wing of the Yemeni military said that its units had shot down an armed unnamed aerial vehicle (UAV) of the Houthis over the central Yemeni province of Ma’rib.

“The Houthis’ drone was loaded with explosives, the militias attempted to use it to target positions of the national army in Ma’rib,” a source in the Yemeni military said, according to the Yemeni news outlet al-Sahwah.

Photos of the UAV’s remains confirm that it is of the Qasef-1 type, which is operated by the Houthis. Qasef-1 is a copy of the Iranian Ababil-2 UAV.

Saudi-led Coalition Destroys Houthis Rocket Launcher And Shoots Down Armed Drone (Video, Photos)

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Saudi-led Coalition Destroys Houthis Rocket Launcher And Shoots Down Armed Drone (Video, Photos)

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The Saudi-led coalition foiled several attacks by the Houthis recently. This will likely encourage Iran to supply more modern weapons to the Yemeni group in order to maintain the current deterrence.

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  • PZIVJ

    “This will likely encourage Iran to supply more modern weapons to the Yemeni group in order to maintain the current deterrence.”
    Why do I see this statement over and over, since both of these weapons are made in N Yemen ??

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      maybe because SF sponsors demand it?

    • Garga

      Also they repeat every single time that “Badr-1” is a copy of Iranian Fajr-3, for crying outloud.

      Yemen Army had at least about 280 MRLs of various types, from the Soviet made BM-11, BM21 to North Korean version of M-1985 but nooo… if they build a local version, it must be built upon the Iranian Fajr-3 (which itself is a licensed copy of M-1985). Nevermind the difference in diameter, payload and number of tubes and this little fact that Yemen’s own SCUD modified versions came before Iran made it’s own.

      To continue my ranting some more, I remember “experts” claiming that Iran’s satellite launchers are in fact made by North Korea or at best, a copy. It wasn’t and still isn’t important if Iran launched it’s first domestic sat in Jan. 2009 and NK in Dec. 2012. End of rant

  • Nowruz

    The cryptojews are supplied to the teeth with contractors and military equipment and yet the bedouins are still struggling to fight against the Houthis. If it were a fair fight then all of the cryptojews would have been crying in Jahannam by now.

    Stand strong Houthis. Prayers for you!

  • Promitheas Apollonious

    So after 3 years war finally the saudis and minions manage to get a lucky shot that more than likely, fukus fingers all over it. Big fuc**ng deal.

  • SFC Steven M Barry USA RET

    “…in full compliance with international humanitarian law….”

    All that Saudi ape is doing is grunting noises he’s heard.

  • Pave Way IV

    I don’t know… it kind of looked like a bus full of kids to me.