On February 26, 2017, the Yemeni news agency Saba reported on Yemen’s first drone exhibit that was held in Sanaa’ on the same day. The exhibit featured four drones, all supposedly the product of Yemen’s own military industry apparatus, three for reconnaissance purposes and one for attack.
The event was attended by several members of the Yemeni government, and was unveiled by Saleh Al-Sammad, a prominent Houthi figure and head of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council (SPC), the 2016 coalition between the Iran-backed Houthis Ansarullah and the General People’s Congress (GPC) party.
The article noted that the drones were meant to confront the “Zionist American Saudi coalition’s siege and aggression” against Yemen. They reportedly also passed initial field testing with “great success.”
The four drones unveiled were: Qasef 1 (attack), and three reconnaissance drones: Rased, Raqeeb, and Hudhud1.
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