Iran supplies aerial attack drones to Yemen’s rebels

Drones loaded with explosives are on their way to Middle Eastern rebels. Iran has transferred so-called kamikaze aerial attack drones technology to Yemen’s Houthi rebels who have used them to disable Saudi-led coalition missile defences.

Instead of firing missiles or other munitions, the drone contains explosives inside its body and has been used to crash into radar components of the coalition’s US-made Patriot anti-missile batteries, UAE military officials told Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a UK-based arms transparency organisation primarily funded by the European Union. With the radars disabled, the rebels are able to fire volleys of missiles at coalition targets, the report said.

According to thenational.ae, after two years of civil war, including an ongoing bombing campaign by Saudi fighter jets, the Houthis and their allies – former military forces loyal to deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh – are still able to launch ballistic missiles into Saudi Arabia and have managed to target Yemeni and coalition forces with rockets and missiles.

Instead of firing missiles or other munitions, the drone contains explosives inside its body and has been used to crash into radar components of the coalition’s US-made Patriot anti-missile batteries, UAE military officials told Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a UK-based arms transparency organisation primarily funded by the European Union. With the radars disabled, the rebels are able to fire volleys of missiles at coalition targets, the report said.

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