Caught On Video: Houthi Rebels Shoot Down Saudi F-15 Over Yemen

Houthi rebels have released dramatic footage showing the use of a FLIR Systems sensor turret, manufactured by an American defense company, recording the moment a Surface-to-air missile shot down a Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 over Yemen's capital, Sana’a.

On Monday, Houthi rebels released the infrared video, which shows the sensor tracking the F-15S (Boeing MFG.), while it was shot down over Yemeni skies, according to Saba News.

The video was first released by the Houthi-run al-Masirah television network on Monday, which shows the FLIR Systems logo on the top left of the frame. A separate statement by the group’s Saba News Agency says their forces shot down the Saudi warplane over northern Saada province on Sunday.

Yemen air defense on Monday morning fired a ground-to-air missile at a Saudi enemy warplane while it was flying over the capital Sanaa, the army said in a statement received by Saba. The targeted plane is F-15, read the statement without providing further details. Monday missile attack came one day after the Yemeni army shot down a Saudi warplane over northern Saada province.

In the video, the FLIR Systems sensor turret is seen in full working capacity as it tracks the Saudi warplane overhead. Watch the video below:

According to The Drive, if confirmed the downing of the F-15 could be somewhat embarrassing for the United States, considering the Americans have sold defense products to Yemen. (3 Flir Sensors delivered via U.S. to Yemen).

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The Houthis say the downing of the F-15S is separate from the Jan. 7, 2018 incident, where rebel forces ‘supposedly’ downed a Saudi Tornado IDS/ECR attack aircraft. The Saudi-led coalition claims the Tornado experienced “a technical fault and crashed in the war zone,” despite Yemen’s Air Force and Air Defense commander Major General Ibrahim Al-Shami praised the army’s defense capabilities.

In October 2017, Houthis downed a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone flying over Yemen as President Trump ramped up bombings in the country. Further, the MQ-9 was taken out by a shoulder-fired man-portable air-defense system, or MANPADS. In December 2017, rebels fired ballistic missiles at critical assets inside Saudi Arabia fueling the war-torn region.

Comments

JohninMK peddling-fiction Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:03 Permalink

There is indeed no evidence that the F-15S was shot down.

There is a theory that the balls of fire dropped by the F-15S, as it was running for its life on full afterburner, were, rather than flares, its external fuel tanks. The first two are obvious but it can carry three. It seems possible that the missile hit the third rather than the aircraft as it was being dumped. The missile was probably a Russian R-27 infra red air to air missile cunningly repurposed as a surface to air missile. As such a burning fuel tank would have been a prime target for its sensor. Whether it was a defensive move or just reducing their drag, releasing those tanks and allowing the fuel in them to flare off probably saved their lives.

The F-15S did not change its infra red signature (the camera was infra red) or its course after the event so probably made it home.

The Tornado the previously day definitely came down.

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Masher1 JohninMK Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:32 Permalink

Shot down, The warhead went off right under the aircraft, Sure the plane looked fine but a warhead blowing up that close to a F-15C underbelly is going to make sure it does not land, A silk ride was the only end to such a engagement. Sorry bout that.... But they have a bunch of that coming to them.

 

Good shooting Yemen.

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pods JohninMK Tue, 01/09/2018 - 14:08 Permalink

No way that thing made it.  Those were not external fuel tanks being dropped either. Did you see the signature on them? Unless they are able to set them on fire now as they are dropped those were flares.

The explosion definitely blew up that aircraft. It might stay on course for a couple more seconds, but it was dead.  I would be surprised if the pilot survived the explosion, as it was right below him.

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JohninMK pods Tue, 01/09/2018 - 14:38 Permalink

I'll stick with the drop tanks. I'd say that the sequence was: action release, fuel connections have to disconnect first or parts of the aircraft are ripped off, fuel flows out and is ignited by exhaust, then mechanical release of tank, tank drops off, tank starts to burn up.

Notice how there is a large increase in heat output well before the object drops back in a fireball. This is not typical of a flare release which does not spread heat all over its launcher but is a small and intense burst of heat and usually a few not just one.

I'd be surprised if there was no damage to the plane but its heat signature and shape looked unchanged. I would have thought that the video would have continued if the F-15 had then started to break up. Also, unlike the Tornado, there are no photos of wreckage or smoke trails down. The later the Houtis are good at capturing particularly when they are in position already filming.

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RafterManFMJ shitshitshit Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:41 Permalink

Someday within sight, everybody reading this will be able to print guns, electronics, surface to surface guidance components, surface to air missilery - all from your garage.

 

The state must therefore destroy all freedoms NOW and launch all wars of Empire NOW before they lose what tech advantage they have.

Conclusion: Buy gold. (Shit, I was channeling certain ZH contributors for a second there!)

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fairmontobsever shitshitshit Tue, 01/09/2018 - 14:36 Permalink

    Your username is extremely offensive, especially when deliberately placed next to the most precious symbol of the Russian Orthodox Church (the three-bar cross). The Russian Orthodox Church lost 40,000 clergy, more than 100,000 monastics, and 40,000 churches to Communist massacres.  It is a miracle that it still exists, and you are showing cultural-religious hatred by using our sacred symbol with your offensive username. We believe that Jesus Christ save mankind by His death on the Cross, and your deliberate use of your self-describing username in proximity to that is evil. 

    It is very offensive for you to use the Russian Orthodox Christian cross, no matter what you think of yourself call yourself and your moral standing (reflected in your username). You have nothing to do with Christianity in Russia. Otherwise, I and others will consider that usage(symbol + offensive wording) an actual example of Nazi-like propaganda. Are you going to use other religions' most beloved symbols in your demonic hatred of all things good?

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fairmontobsever shitshitshit Tue, 01/09/2018 - 17:55 Permalink

    Your username is extremely offensive, especially when deliberately placed next to the most precious symbol of the Russian Orthodox Church.
 The Russian Orthodox Church lost 40,000 clergy, more than 100,000 monastics, and 40,000 churches to Communist massacres. 
It is a miracle that it still exists, and you are showing cultural-religious hatred by using our sacred symbol with your offensive username.
We believe that Jesus Christ save mankind by His death on the Cross, and your username in proximity to that is extremely offensive . 
    It is very offensive for you to use the Russian Orthodox Christian cross, no matter what you think of yourself call yourself and your moral standing (reflected in your username). You have nothing to do with Christianity in Russia. Otherwise, I and others will consider that usage(symbol + offensive wording) an actual example of Nazi-like propaganda. Are you going to use other religions' most beloved symbols in your demonic hatred of all things good?

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ChimiBonga ChimiBonga Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:53 Permalink

OT: Newer ZH commenting system hax

Apparently I've been magically 'Upvoting' dozens of ZH comments without even visiting the pages. Just like everyone here, I read articles in their entirety and then click on adds before proceeding to the comment section. This way my mental corrosion is truly earned.

I'll reset my password and spritz some Bleach on my mouse.

This comment system voting exploit likely does NOT mean someone can post on your behalf... yet. Please respond/redirect. Thanks!

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Bollixed Arnold Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:10 Permalink

You can tell an upvote by the darkening of the arrow and the 'reset' below the voting box. Btw, I built one of the major FLIR components as a subcontractor back in the early to mid '90s. That technology is amazing. One of the ways law enforcement would use the system was to aim the FLIR from a helicoptor at the perp and then shine the massive flood light at a building a few doors down and trick the perp into thinking the LEOs didn't know where they were. It worked like a charm when the perp walked out into the trap thinking they were in the clear.

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