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U.S. admits large unmanned aircraft shot down over Yemen

By staff |
June 17, 2019
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Washington, D.C. – In a June 16 statement, the U.S. military admitted that a large unmanned aircraft, a drone with a 66-foot wing span, was shot down over Yemen. According to a statement from the U.S. Central Command, CENTCOM, “a U.S. MQ-9 was shot down over Yemen by what we assess to be a Houthi SA-6 surface to air missile on Jun 6, 2019. The altitude of the engagement indicated an improvement over previous Houthi capability…” A single MQ-9 costs about $16 million.

Yemen’s progressive, national democratic Houthi movement is resisting a war of aggression led by Saudi Arabia and the U.S.