Security agencies have been stunned by two blasts in Jammu’s Satwari Air Force Station within five minutes on the intervening night of Saturday-Sunday. It is feared that the terrorists have dropped explosives from the sky at the Air Force station through quadcopter drones. Exactly the same method to attack airbase is active in Yemen Houthi rebels also adopt. Their drones attack Saudi Arabian airbases, covering a distance of several kilometers. However, it is not yet confirmed that these drones came from across the border that they were being operated by local terrorists.
Houthi rebels master drone strikes
Houthi rebels operating in Yemen continue to attack Saudi Arabian air bases every day. Saudi has suffered heavy losses in many attacks. These rebels have received Iranian aid. There are also reports that Houthi terrorists get weapons, drones and other explosives directly from the Iranian army. They have also found drones made in China, which they use for close range attacks.
The Houthis have built their own drone industry
The Houthi rebels have maintained their own drone industry, The National reports. They are getting parts used to make drones from across the border and from Iran. By reverse engineering it, they have also learned the tricks of assembling the drone and making it at home. Iran is also providing technical assistance and engineers to these rebels. Due to which they are turning even the normal drone into a lethal weapon.
Which Drones Do Houthi Use?
All drones of Houthi rebels are built on Iranian technology. Chinese drones were also used by Houthi rebels in some attacks. In their attacks, a locally made drone named Kasef is used more. Its technology is similar to Iran’s Ababeel drone. Kassef can attack from a distance of 150 km. During 2018 these insurgents claimed to have attacked Dubai airport more than 1200 km away with a new long-range drone named Samad-3. He also claimed to have attacked Riyadh airport. So far no public picture of the Samad-3 drone used in this has been found. Not only this, its technology also does not match with any drone of Iran.
Houthi rebels carried out 267 drone strikes in 2020
Chinese news agency Xinhua quoted Houthi militia military spokesman Yahya Saraya as saying that 267 bomb-laden drones were attacked on Saudi Arabia in 2020. Not only this, this terrorist organization had carried out 180 drone strikes inside Yemen. Under the leadership of Saudi, the armies of many countries are fighting the Houthi rebels. Attacks by Houthi rebels continue to haunt Saudi Arabia.
Oil wells and refineries are also being targeted
Houthi rebels are also targeting Saudi Arabia’s oil wells and refineries. Drones of Houthi rebels laden with explosives often crash into these two bases. Due to which fire in refinery or oil wells. Saudi Arabia’s economy rests on oil. In such a situation, when Houthi rebels drone strikes Saudi Aramco, Saudi’s biggest refinery last year, oil prices all over the world increased due to the halt in production.
Houthi rebels’ drone attacks did not decrease even in 2021
This year also Yemen’s Houthi rebels are continuously carrying out drone strikes on Saudi Arabia. On 9 February 2021, Houthi rebels launched a drone strike targeting Abha International Airport in southwest Saudi Arabia. Due to this, a passenger plane parked there caught fire. On the same day, the Saudi army shot down two Houthi rebel drones in the air.