Armed Forces spokesman: Yemeni forces down dual-purpose Saudi drone over Ma’rib

Armed Forces spokesman: Yemeni forces down dual-purpose Saudi drone over Ma'rib

The Yemeni armed forces’ spokesman announces downing of a Saudi Arabian dual-purpose drone by the country’s air defense units over the west-central province of Ma’rib.

The Yemeni air defenses targeted a CH-4 combat drone in Marib, Brigadier General Yahya Saree announced on Wednesday, describing the aerial vehicle as a “spy combat drone.”

The aircraft was brought down using an “undisclosed surface-to-air missile,” he added.

The Chinese-made CH-4 drone has a 3,500- to 5,000-kilometer range and a 30- to 40-hour endurance. It is also capable of carrying six missiles and a payload of up to 250 to 345 kilogram.

The unmanned aerial vehicle can fire air-to-ground missiles from altitude of 5,000 meters, therefore it can stay outside of effective range of most anti-aircraft guns.

Earlier in the day, the spokesman announced downing of US-made ScanEagle spy drone, which was “carrying out hostile acts” over the same province.

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