U.S. officers have confirmed an MQ-9 has been shot down off the coast of Yemen.
A US drone was shot down by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Nov. 8, 2023, the Iran-backed group’s navy arm claimed on X. In accordance with the spokesperson of the Yemeni Armed Forces, the MQ-9 was shot down in Yemeni airspace.
Our air defenses shot down an American drone (MQ9) whereas finishing up hostile, monitoring, and spying operations within the Yemeni territorial waters together with the US navy assist to the Israeli entity.
— Yahya Sare’e (@Yahya_Saree) November 8, 2023
A senior US navy official, who spoke on situation of anonymity to CBS News confirmed the downing including that the drone was working in worldwide airspace over worldwide waters.
— Abdul Ahad (@Ahadmalik1) November 8, 2023
The incident observe the assault final month when the Arleigh-Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Carney shot down 4 land assault cruise missiles and 19 drones launched by Houthi forces in Yemen and heading north alongside the Crimson Sea, doubtlessly in the direction of targets in Israel, over a nine-hour interval.
This isn’t the primary time Houthi rebels, which took management of Yemen’s capital in 2014 launching a civil warfare in opposition to the internationally acknowledged authorities of Yemen, shot down an MQ-9: U.S. Repears have been shot down in 2017 and 2019.
U.S. MQ-9s perform all kinds of missions: intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, shut air assist, fight search and rescue, precision strike, buddy-lase, convoy and raid overwatch, route clearance, goal improvement, and terminal air steering. They’re armed and may carry out air strikes if wanted, utilizing missiles and precision guided munitions.
They often function off Yemen and, extra not too long ago, they’ve additionally began working off Gaza.
For the previous week I’ve been monitoring mysterious tracks that seem south of Crete, fly over Gaza for 3 hours, after which fly again. I suspected these to be MQ-9A Reapers. Because of wonderful work by @riley_mellen & @EricSchmittNYT, now we have some extra particulars.https://t.co/Su0WeUr39r
— Amelia Smith (@ameliairheart) November 2, 2023