A Saudi Tornado multirole fighter jet was shot down by a missile launched by Yemen's advanced air defense system incorporating "new technology."
"The aircraft was shot down with an advanced surface-to-air missile with new technology," Armed Forces spokesman, Brigadier Yahya Sare’e said in a brief statement. He did not, however, divulge any more details regarding the missile.
The warplane was targeted by the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees when it was flying over Al-Jawf Governorate on Friday night. The Saudi Air Force has 72 Interdictor/Strike fighter-bomber Tornados and 48 Air Defense Variant Interceptor Tornados. The fighter can carry smart and cluster bombs, biological weapons such as thermal weapons that leave a trace spanning for 100 years, 2 nuclear bombs, anti-radiation missiles and many conventional bombs.
On Friday, spokesman of the Yemeni armed forces said that "approaching Yemen airspace is prohibited and won't be a picnic place for anyone."
In 2018, Yemen claimed to have shot down a Tornado aircraft and an F-15. Two US-made Saudi drones- MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1 Predator, were shot down by Yemeni forces a year later. Yemeni Houtis also claimed to have orchestrated the deadly drone attack on Saudi oil facilities- Abqaiq and Khurais, some of the largest in the world, in mid-September 2019.
A few days later, Yemeni Houtis announced they had carried out a “major assault” on Saudi Arabian-led coalition, claiming to have killed over 200 of their soldiers, other than annihilating a number of their military vehicles. Slowly burning armoured vehicles with Saudi markings and weapons “seized” from Saudi military can be observed in a video footage released by Yemen.
Saudi Arabia led a regional coalition that launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015 to bring former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power after the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement seized power. Some 100,000 Yemeni civilians have been killed and infrastructure destroyed in indiscriminate bombings since then.
The US State Department and the Pentagon are reportedly sending teams to investigate the alleged breach of laws pertaining to the usage of American-made armored vehicles by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the Yemen conflict. “The Department of State takes these allegations very seriously and is working closely with partner nations to determine whether there were any such unauthorized transfers”, Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs Mary Elizabeth Taylor wrote to Senator and presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren in a letter published on Tuesday
Oshkosh-made M-ATV vehicles seen in a video footage released by Yemeni Houtis may provide a hint to their claim that they destroyed Saudi military vehicles in an attack launched on Sunday in Najran, a city along Saudi-Yemeni border. Yemeni Houtis announced on September 29 that they had carried out a “major assault” on Saudi Arabian-led coalition, claiming to have killed over 200 of their soldiers, other than annihilating military vehicles
US-supplied Patriot missile batteries with their powerful radars have come under fire for completely missing out on Yemeni armys drone attacks on Saudi oil installations. Saudis failure to defend its homeland was observed even in 2017 when Yemeni Houtis struck King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh
Yemeni air defense systems reportedly intercepted fighter jets belonging to Saudi-led coalition forces on Thursday evening. “Our Air Defenses managed to confront a combat formation consisting of a number of enemy warplanes over Surwah district of Marib governorate, with Fater-1 surface-to-air missile defense system, forcing them to leave without carrying out any attack,” claimed Armed Forces spokesman, Brigadier Yahya Saree, according to Houthi-aligned Al-Masirah
The Yemeni Houthi rebels have claimed to have shot down a “spy” drone belonging to Saudi-led coalition forces while it was flying over Yemens Hodeidah Governorate on Tuesday. “A spy drone of the Saudi-led coalition was destroyed in Al-Faza area of Attohayta district while it was carrying out hostilities,” a military source was quoted as saying by Houthi-aligned
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