On July 12, the Saudi-led coalition announced that its warplanes discovered and destroyed a “ballistic missile launcher” of Ansar Allah [also known as the Houthis] in the district of Sahar in the northern province of Saada. The UAE-based al-Arabiya TV released several photos of the launcher, which were taken by an “observation system” of the coalition.
The photos showed what appears to be a launcher of the Yemeni-made Badir-1 artillery rocket. The Badir-1, which was revealed on March 22, is a copy of the Iranian-made solid fuel artillery rocket, Fajir-3.
Saada province is believed to be the home base of the Yemeni Missiles Force, a key ally of the Houthis. Since the beginning of this year, the Yemeni Missiles Force carried out dozens of missile strikes on military positions of the Saudi-led coalition in Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
In response to this threat, the Saudi-led coalition stepped up its aerial operations over Saada. However, the coalition’s efforts are still incapable of putting an end to the Yemeni Missiles Forces.