Houthi Rebels claim to have downed an Apache helicopter and a UAV
Houthi rebels in Yemen have claimed two alleged surface-to-air victories in the past few days, including an American-made AH-64 Apache gunship and a Chinese-made UAV.
While a propaganda windfall for the faction fighting against the Saudi military, it should be noted that both aircraft are also in the UAE’s arsenal as well, and that neither nation has openly confirmed any losses at this time.
The gunship was reportedly downed on November 29, and video footage on Twitter shows the helo being hit by a shoulder-launched surface-to-air missile (SAM).
The crew of the Apache was seemingly unaware of enemy presence and was flying somewhat casually at high altitude at the time of the incident.
The helicopter’s engine burst into flames after being hit, and the crippled aircraft began an agonizingly slow tumble to the ground.
The men who shot down the Apache can be heard chanting praises their god, while allegedly denouncing the United States and Israel.
The Wing Loong UAV -which appears to have been built in 2015- was filmed in a crashed state on the ground, and it is unknown whether or not it was shot down or simply made a crash-landing due to technical problems or manufacturing defects. It is unknown who the drone belongs to- aside from parts numbers and manufacture dates, the only visible marking was its serial number, 20207.
According to The Aviationist, unofficial reports indicate that 7 attack helicopters (6 Saudi and 1 UAE AH-64) and four drones (two Wing Loong II and two CASC CH-4B Rainbow) have been shot down or crashed so far during the five-year conflict against the Houthis.
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