On Wednesday, the Department of Military Industry of the Yemeni Army (loyal to the Houthis-Saleh alliance) revealed 7 domestically-made sniper rifles. The Department of Military Industry claimed that the rifles are locally made in Yemen.
However, this is a questionable statement. After a close look on the sniper rifles (Saarem, Khatif, Ashtar, Hasem, Zullfqar-1, Zullfqar-2, Kassem and Sarmad) it’s possible to see that:
A Saarem sniper rifle, 8mm caliber with a range up to 1600 m. The Saarem is an upgraded Yugoslavian Zastava M48 with a 7.92×57mm Mauser caliber and a range of 800 meters tops.
A Khatif sniper rifle, 12.7mm caliber with a range of 1500 m. This rifle is likely based on the soviet NSV machine gun.
An Ashtar anti-material sniper rifle, 14.5mm caliber with a range of 3000 m. The rifle is based on the Soviet ZPU machine gun.
A Hasem anti-material sniper rifle, 20mm caliber with a range of 2500 m. The sniper is based on the US-made M167 Vulcan Air Defense System (VADS).
The Zullfqar 1 and Zullfqar 2 anti-armor sniper rifles, 23mm caliber. The Zulfqar-1 has a range of 2000meteres, and the Zulfqar-2 has a range of 4000 m. The both rifles are allegedly based on the Soviet GSh-23 autocannon.
A Kassem anti-armor sniper rifle, 30mm caliber with a range of 5000 m. The rifle is based on the Soviet GSh-301 autocannon.
A Sarmad sniper rifle is just another name for the US-made Barrett M82 sniper rifle, 12.7mm caliber with a range of 1250 m. It’s believed that the Houthis captured many M82 sniper rifles from the Saud-led forces.
Since the Saudi coalition besieged the Houthis-held areas in Yemen, the Houthis and the Yemeni Army have worked hard to make use to each weapon they have.