The Yemeni air defences have shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to the US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition in Jizan axis, southern part of Saudi Arabia, Yemen’s army spokesman said in a statement on Friday.
Military spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e confirmed that the air defences were able to shoot down a spy aerial vehicle belonging to the aggression forces in the east of MBC Mountain in Jizan region.
He indicated that the plane was shot down with a proper weapon, as it was conducting hostile acts inside Yemeni airspace.
Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e reiterated that the armed forces are continuing to develop their defensive capabilities to protect Yemeni airspace.
On Wednesday, air defenses were able to shoot down by a spy plane in al-Sawh area off Najran, and on Tuesday another spy plane was shot down in the Al-Kasrah area off the same region.
As a part of the military developments, Yemeni military expert Brigadier General Aziz Rashid has revealed the ability of Yemeni air defences to shoot down any aircraft in the sky of Yemen, and neutralize them by up to 90% during the year 2020.
“There is a very significant development in countering Saudi-led coalition aircrafts, which the coalition depends on for 85%,” Rashid said on Thursday.
Rashid affirmed that the Military Industrialisation Unit of the Yemeni Armed Forces has invented a modern air defence missile, which will be revealed in due course.
The Yemeni army’s air defences were able to completely neutralize MQ1 or MQ9 aircrafts and Chinese-made drones.
Brigadier General Rashid indicated that Yemen did not have sophisticated air defences before 2015, and that the new systems are the product of new developments.
“An Apache helicopter was recently shot down by a missile system equipped with vertical and horizontal radar that can follow-up and monitor all cases, and send coordinates of the fuselage itself before it enters Yemeni airspace, from a large distance,” he explained.
In earlier time, the Ministry of Defence in the National Salvation Government has announced that it is working on new technologies for its air defence system in order to fully neutralise all Saudi-led coalition aircraft.
The Yemeni air force and its defences with its new technologies “are working to neutralise hostile aircraft from battle and protect Yemeni airspace for the full 100%,” Major General Mohammed Nasser al-Atefi said.