Houthis destroyed Saudi Arabia’s Patriot Air Defense system in western Yemen

Houthis destroyed Saudi Arabia’s Patriot Air Defense system in western Yemen

On February 8, an unnamed Yemeni officer told the Yemeni  the Yemeni Air Defense Force and the Missile Forces [both allied with the Houthis] conducted a joint operation and destroyed a MIM-104 Patriot PAC-3 air defense system of the Saudi-led coalition in the coastal town of Mocha in the southwestern province of Taiz.

The Russian news outlet Sputnik news revealed that the Yemeni Air Defense Force attacked the Saudi Patriot PAC3 system with an unspecified “attack Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)” while the Yemeni Missile Forces targeted the system with an unspecified “ballistic missile”.

Experts believe that the Yemeni Air Defense used a suicide UAV to target the Radar of the Patriot PAC-3 system. A report released by Conflict Armament Research (CAR) group in March 2017 revealed that the Houthis had attempted to attack the radar of a UAE Patriot system deployed in Yemen with a suicide UAV named “Qasef-1”.
From its side, the Saudi-led coalition announced that its air defense systems in the town of Mocha intercepted and destroyed the ballistic missile launched by the Houthis. However, the coalition didn’t present any evidence to support its claim.

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