Houthi Hat Trick: Third Reaper Shot Down In Thirty Days

This footage, released by a Houthi media outlet, shows yet another MQ-9 Reaper drone being shot down by Houthi munitions, this time over Yemen’s Al-Bayda province. This purportedly occurred on 19 May, 2024.


As the Houthis begin to rack up kills on the MQ-9, it appears that the GWOT-iconic surveillance drone is beginning to show its age versus anti-aircraft tech supplied by a country as close-to-near-peer as Iran is. This is the second reaper downed in May (first here) with another downed on 27 April, making three in less than 30 days from first to third. I’m calling that a hat trick.


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Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


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This footage, released by a Houthi media outlet, shows yet another MQ-9 Reaper drone being shot down by Houthi munitions, this time over Yemen’s Al-Bayda province. This purportedly occurred on 19 May, 2024.


As the Houthis begin to rack up kills on the MQ-9, it appears that the GWOT-iconic surveillance drone is beginning to show its age versus anti-aircraft tech supplied by a country as close-to-near-peer as Iran is. This is the second reaper downed in May (first here) with another downed on 27 April, making three in less than 30 days from first to third. I’m calling that a hat trick.


About the Author

    Author's Photo    
     

Cole Simms

     

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

   

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