Sunday 4 September 2022

Houthi Drone And Missile Handbook

By Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans

The goal of this list is to comprehensively catalogue the current inventory of drones, rockets and missiles of the Houthi rebels as well as clarify their origin. The part within apostrophes refers to the designation given by Houthis to foreign-delivered equipment. A year in square brackers after the designation refers to its perceived date of inception in Yemen. The year is only added to armament delivered or produced after the Houthi takeover of Yemen in 2014/2015.
(Click on the equipment to get a picture of them in Houthi service.)

Surveillance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles


Unmanned Aerial Combat Vehicles (UCAVs)

Loitering Munitions


Ballistic Missiles


Ground-Launched Cruise Missiles (GLCMs)


Anti-Ship (Guided) Missiles And Rockets

Coastal Defence Anti-Ship Missile Systems

Surface-To-Air Missile (SAM) Systems


Radars And Electro-Optical Sighting Systems

Artillery Rockets

  • Zelzal-1 (Collective designation for IRAMs) Four configurations: (2) (3) (4)
  • Soviet Union Zelzal-2 (Soviet S-24 air-launched rocket inherited from pre-war Yemeni Air Force stocks)
  • Zelzal-3 (Cannibalized 9M21 rocket of 9K52 Luna-M system inherited from pre-war Yemeni Army stocks) ((Stocks Depleted)
  • Samood (Cannibalized 9M21 rocket of 9K52 Luna-M system inherited from pre-war Yemeni Army stocks)(Stocks Depleted)

Guided Rockets

Multiple Rocket Launchers (MRLs)

Man-Portable Air-Defence Systems (MANPADS)

Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs)

Special thanks to Joshua Koontz.
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