Up-close look at the prominent weapons in Yemen's parade
Yemen's Armed Forces feature a wide array of homegrown weapons and systems, as well as upgraded weapons.
On the ninth anniversary of the September 21 revolution, the Yemeni Armed Forces unveiled new strategic weapons during a military parade commemorating the occasion, Al Mayadeen's correspondent reported.
The event featured 360 vehicles carrying various homegrown military equipment and weapons, as well as five military helicopters and a number of recently restored F-5 fighter jets.
More than twenty distinct missile systems made their way through the parade carrying cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, and naval vessels among other weapons that Yemen's Armed Forces possess.
On the ninth anniversary of the September 21 revolution in 2014, the #Yemeni Armed Forces showcased new strategic weapons in a military display, including advanced missile systems, naval weapons, and air defense systems.#Yemen pic.twitter.com/QeiNTMLrTH— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) September 21, 2023
The new advanced strategic missile systems have undergone rigorous testing, proving their remarkable precision and reliability.
The Falaq ballistic missiles were on display alongside other locally developed weapons, including the naval al-Mandab-1 cruise missile and versions of the Iranian Sayyad surface-to-air missile.
The event also featured the Red Sea tactical anti-ship ballistic missile, which uses the same platform utilized for the Saeer missiles, however, it has been fitted with a new seeker allowing it to target naval vessels with higher precision.
Furthermore, the Yemeni Armed Forces upgraded the Soviet-made V-750 missiles with infrared seekers, and these missiles have been named Moheet, literally "Ocean" in Arabic.
The Meyun ballistic land-sea missile, utilizing solid-fuel propulsion, was also put on display. It boasts a medium-range profile. It exhibits the capacity to engage both static and dynamic maritime targets, characterized by its devastating striking potential.
The armed forces showcased an array of radar systems during the exhibition, featuring Shafaq, B-35, B-19, and the highly acclaimed Ufuq system. Renowned for its remarkable precision in pinpointing and tracking targets, the Ufuq or "Horizon" system is capable of operating effectively at distances spanning up to 90 kilometers, even at altitudes surpassing 10,000 meters. The YAF also celebrated its Bareq-2 or "Lighting" anti-air missiles.
The parade also featured the fourth generation of the surface-to-surface Quds long-range cruise missile and a naval iteration of the model that has anti-ship capabilities.
Additionally, newly developed Toufan and Akeel ballistic missiles were publicly revealed.
Various other homegrown weapons, including loitering munitions, advanced attack and reconnaissance drones, as well as naval weapons and mines, were featured at the event, highlighting the concentrated efforts of Yemen's army to produce its own means to resist aggressors.
Some of these weapons are the Aasef ballistic missile equipped with a heat seeker and optical lenses, the Karar ballistic missile, the Qassem-1, the Tankeel ballistic missile, and the Mutee guided missile, meaning literally "Obedient".
Troops from various regiments, along with veterans who had been injured during their service in response to the Saudi-led aggression in Yemen, participated in the event.