On March 10, the Saudi-led coalition announced that it had destroyed an air-defense system of the Houthis (Ansar Allah) in central Yemen.
Saudi-led coalition warplanes targeted the system, a Soviet-made SA-6 “Gainful,” in the province of Ma’rib, where the Houthis are currently leading a large-scale ground operation against Saudi-backed forces.
A video released by the Saudi-led coalition shows the destruction of a 2P25 transporter erector launcher (TEL) of the system, a nearby missile depot and an unidentified radar system.
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A locally upgraded version of the SA-6 air-defense system dubbed “Fater-1” is in service with the Houthis. The Yemeni-upgraded system has a range of 22 km. The Houthis used the system in the past against warplanes and drones of the Saudi-led coalition and the US.
Last week, the Houthis shot down a Vestel Karayel combat drone of the Saudi-led coalition over al-Jawf. The Fater-1 system may have been used to down the drone.
Despite its vast resources, the Saudi-led coalition rarely manages to hunt down the Houthis’ air-defense means. Last year, the coalition destroyed a P-18 early warning radar of the Houthis in the outskirts of the Yemeni capital Sanaa.
Today, the Houthis’ air-defense capabilities pose a threat to aerial operations of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen more than ever before.
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