Yemen’s first home-made drone brings over 100 Saudi towns, vital centers within striking range

The Yemeni army’s recently unveiled a suicide drone, Qasef-1 (Striker-1), is capable of striking targets in nearly 100 Saudi towns and 8 important centers, given its flight endurance and range.

“The suicide drone, Qasef-1, has a flight range of 150km, meaning that if it takes off from bordering areas between Yemen and Saudi Arabia, it can hit targets in nearly 100 Saudi towns and 8 vital centers,” a Yemeni military source said on Wednesday.

Qasef-1 which has a wingspan of three meters and a hull length of 2.5 meters was unveiled earlier this week by the Yemeni army.

The drone has a flight endurance of 120 minutes, and is capable of carrying a payload of 30 kilograms.

The most important point about the drone is its warhead with the capability of carrying 30kg of explosives which can be used in suicide attacks against the Saudi targets.

Another remote-controlled aircraft, dubbed Hudhud-1 (Hoopoe-1), which was unveiled this week by the Yemeni army has a flight endurance of 90 minutes, and an operational radius of up to 30 kilometers. It has a wingspan of 1.9 meters and a hull length of 1.5 meters.

The Raqib (Rival) drone can fly as far as 15 kilometers for 90 minutes. It is used in reconnaissance missions and is capable of either storing information or transferring data via online connections.

The Rased (Surveyor) unmanned aerial vehicle, which can perform a variety of functions, including aerial reconnaissance and surveillance as well as monitoring battlefield besides geophysical surveying, has a wingspan of 2.2 meters and a hull length of one meter.

The drone has a flight endurance of 120 minutes plus an operational radius of up to 35 kilometers.

Earlier this month, Yemeni army forces launched a locally designed and manufactured ballistic missile towards an area deep inside Saudi Arabia in response to Riyadh’s atrocious aerial bombardments against the crisis-stricken Arab country.

The media bureau of the operations command in Yemen published a series of photos of the Borkan-2 (Volcano-2) ballistic missile it used to hit a military base on the outskirts of Saudi capital city of Riyadh.

On September 2, 2016, Yemeni forces fired an indigenous Borkan-1 (Volcano-1) missile against a stationary target in the Saudi city of Ta’if, located more than 700 kilometers Southeast of Riyadh.