Houthi Rebel SAM Claims Another MQ-9 Reaper

This footage, provided by a Houthi media outlet, shows both a naked-eye and thermal view of what is purported to be a US MQ-9 “Reaper” drone. The video then shows some of the drone’s wreckage, in order to substantiate the claim. This shootdown was reported by Houthi spokespersons to have occurred on Thursday, 25 April, 2024.


This incident is the latest in a series of reported MQ-9 shootdowns over time, with the last occurring approximately two months ago. It is reported that the Houthis likely used a “358” loitering surface-to-air missile.Like many weapons used by terrorist organizations, the 358 is allegedly made by Iran, using commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) components, purchased via shell companies. While many of the 358s have been captured by Naval forces involved with the UN embargo on Yemen, there are obviously still missiles making it through to the terrorist organizations. In addition to the Houthi rebels in Yemen, Hezbollah has also reportedly uses the 358 against Israeli drones.


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This footage, provided by a Houthi media outlet, shows both a naked-eye and thermal view of what is purported to be a US MQ-9 “Reaper” drone. The video then shows some of the drone’s wreckage, in order to substantiate the claim. This shootdown was reported by Houthi spokespersons to have occurred on Thursday, 25 April, 2024.


This incident is the latest in a series of reported MQ-9 shootdowns over time, with the last occurring approximately two months ago. It is reported that the Houthis likely used a “358” loitering surface-to-air missile.Like many weapons used by terrorist organizations, the 358 is allegedly made by Iran, using commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) components, purchased via shell companies. While many of the 358s have been captured by Naval forces involved with the UN embargo on Yemen, there are obviously still missiles making it through to the terrorist organizations. In addition to the Houthi rebels in Yemen, Hezbollah has also reportedly uses the 358 against Israeli drones.


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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