In Video: Saudi-led Coalition Destroys SA-6 Air-Defense System Of Houthis

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In Video: Saudi-led Coalition Destroys SA-6 Air-Defense System Of Houthis

RSAF Tornado in desert colors, most likely of a squadron based at King Abdullah Aziz Air Base.

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.

In Video: Saudi-led Coalition Destroys SA-6 Air-Defense System Of Houthis

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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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