Yemeni forces shoot down dual-use Saudi drone over Ma’rib

The spokesman for the Yemeni armed forces announced the downing of a Saudi dual-use drone by the country’s air defense units over the province of Ma’rib in the center-west.

Yemeni air defenses have targeted a CH-4 combat drone in Marib, Brigadier General Yahya Saree said on Wednesday, describing the aerial vehicle as a “spy combat drone”.

The plane was shot down with an “undisclosed surface-to-air missile,” he added.

The Chinese-made CH-4 drone has a range of 3,500 to 5,000 kilometers and a range of 30 to 40 hours. It is also capable of carrying six missiles and a payload of up to 250 to 345 kilograms.

The unmanned aerial vehicle can fire air-to-surface missiles at an altitude of 5,000 meters, so it can stay out of the effective range of most anti-aircraft guns.

Earlier in the day, the spokesperson announced the destruction of the American-made ScanEagle spy drone, which “carried out hostile acts” in the same province.

Benefiting from full military, logistical and political support from the United States, Saudi Arabia and a number of its allies launched a war against Yemen in March 2015 to restore power to former Yemeni-aligned officials. Washington and Riyadh.

The war ended long before the target, killing tens of thousands of Yemenis in the process and pushing all of Yemen to the brink of famine.

The Yemeni armed forces and their allies, however, have vowed not to lay down their arms until Yemen is fully liberated from Saudi-led aggression.

Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Saudi kingdom has fallen considerably short in the face of Yemen’s determined campaign of retaliation, begging the United States for help.

“The number of attacks on the kingdom has increased dramatically,” the newspaper wrote, citing a Saudi government official.

The Journal also quoted US expert on Yemen Timothy Lenderking as recently as saying that the Yemeni defense forces have carried out some 375 cross-border counterattacks in Saudi Arabia so far this year.