Houthi Rebels Chalk Up Another MQ-9 Reaper Drone

p> This footage, provided by a Houthi media outlet, shows an alleged shootdown of an MQ9 Reaper drone, the latest of several since the Houthi campaign against international trade began in support of Hamas and the conflict in Gaza.


The shootdown occured on Friday, and represents the fifth known Reaper lost since the Houthi rebels took control of Northern Yemen in 2014. The downing of this MQ9 coincided with continued attacks against international shipping, but these have lessened in intensity and tempo amid ongoing US-led airstrikes in the region. Allegedly, a Panama-registered oil tanker was hit, but suffered light damage and was able to continue to its next port.


As the attacks against shipping have slackened, this downed MQ9 offers a significant win to the Houthis, as a Reaper carries a $30 Million price tag. Here is the footage from a previous shootdown, approximately two weeks ago.


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p> This footage, provided by a Houthi media outlet, shows an alleged shootdown of an MQ9 Reaper drone, the latest of several since the Houthi campaign against international trade began in support of Hamas and the conflict in Gaza.


The shootdown occured on Friday, and represents the fifth known Reaper lost since the Houthi rebels took control of Northern Yemen in 2014. The downing of this MQ9 coincided with continued attacks against international shipping, but these have lessened in intensity and tempo amid ongoing US-led airstrikes in the region. Allegedly, a Panama-registered oil tanker was hit, but suffered light damage and was able to continue to its next port.


As the attacks against shipping have slackened, this downed MQ9 offers a significant win to the Houthis, as a Reaper carries a $30 Million price tag. Here is the footage from a previous shootdown, approximately two weeks ago.


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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