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Yemeni rebels unveil new missiles in largest parade to date

One of the Falaq ballistic missiles that were displayed during the parade. (Ansar Allah)

The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) unveiled several new weapon systems, many of them seemingly of Iranian origin, during a parade in Sanaa on 21 September.

Three ballistic missiles labelled as the Falaq were displayed that looked similar to a version of Iran's Qiam liquid-fuel ballistic missile that has fins on its re-entry vehicle. The ballistic missiles that Ansar Allah refers to as the Burkan-2H and Zulfiqar have earlier been identified as Qiams that have been modified to extend their range, although both have fins at the base of their rocket motors, unlike the original Iranian missile.

The parade included three other new missile types that all appeared to be members of Iran's Fateh-110 family of solid-propellant tactical ballistic missiles. Ansar Allah's Ministry of Defence (MoD) released a video that gave specifications for the Karar similar to those attributed to the standard Fateh-110: a length of 9 m, a diameter of 60 cm, a range of 300 km, and a payload of 500 kg.

The Hatim looked like the latest Kheibar Shekan variant of the Fateh-110 that Iran unveiled in February, claiming it has a range of 1,450 km. The Yemeni rebel MoD video did not release any performance figures for the Hatim, but claimed it is the fourth generation of the smaller Badr series of tactical ballistic missiles.

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