Houthi group release FLIR video showing shoot down of Saudi F-15S over Yemen

Houthi group release FLIR video showing shoot down of Saudi F-15S over Yemen
Tue Jan 9, 2018 09:45:37

Houthi group have released video shows the exact moment they shot down Royal Saudi Air Force F-15S over Yemen.They appear to have at least tracked the jet using a repurposed FLIR Systems Star SAFIRE sensor turret, which features an infrared camera.

Thedrive--  On Jan. 8, 2018, the Houthis released the infrared video footage, which shows the FLIR Systems logo in the frame, via its Al Masirah television network. A separate statement from the group's Saba News Agency says their forces shot down the aircraft with an unspecified surface-to-air missile. The complete video also shows the sensor turret on an improvised ground mount. The F-15S fighter appears to increase speed and releases decoy flares before a projectile hits it, appearing to cause significant damage. The fate of the pilots is unknown at this time.

The Houthis say this is separate from a claim they made on Jan. 7, 2018, about having downed a Saudi Tornado swing-wing attack aircraft. The Saudi state-run news agency SPA confirmed that crash, but said it was the result of a technical fault, not enemy action. The Saudi-led coalition recovered the aircraft's two pilots in that incident. 

In October 2017, the Houthis shot down a U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone flying over Yemen. That incident reportedly involved a shoulder-fired man-portable air-defense system, or MANPADS.

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