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Analysis: Mystery of the Red Sea missiles continues

14 October 2016

There has been widespread suspicion - but no confirmation as yet - that an Iranian-supplied anti-ship missile systems such as the one pictured were used in the recent attacks in the Red Sea. (Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics)There has been widespread suspicion - but no confirmation as yet - that an Iranian-supplied anti-ship missile systems such as the one pictured were used in the recent attacks in the Red Sea. (Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics)

ANALYSIS

It is still unclear what missiles and target acquisition systems the Yemeni rebels are using. AFP cited an unidentified senior defence official as saying they are believed to have a type of the Chinese-made C-802 anti-ship missiles. That could be interpreted as a reference to Iran's Noor version of the C-802, which has a range of 120 km.

However, that assertion was undermined by an earlier report that they had a far shorter range. A US official told Reuters that one missile travelled more than 24 n miles (44.5 km) before coming down in the sea. That is a close fit for the C-801, which has a stated range of 42 km and was acquired by the Yemeni Navy in the 1990s.



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