WASHINGTON – Iran has developed a new type of antiaircraft missile and sent it to Yemeni Houthi rebels, Pentagon officials announced Wednesday. The weapons, which officials have referred to as 358 missiles, have been seized by US Navy warships on two separate shipments to the Arabian Sea.
At a news briefing, U.S. Central Command spokesman Captain Bill Urban declined to comment on how the missiles worked. However, a military official familiar with the seized weapons described them as cruise missiles designed to evade US defensive tactics that were able to reduce American military helicopters, as well as tilt-rotor MV-22 Ospreys.
The 3 missiles have three parts: two motors and an explosive warhead. After shipment the weapon can be assembled and fired from a crude launch on the ground. After the missile was driven fast enough to travel, a hard-fuel-powered motor fell away and grabbed a cruise motor; Right now the weapon flies in a figure-eight pattern and looks for targets.
So-called looting arms such as the 358 are unusual. Israel has deployed a lighter missile Harpy, which lives in the electronic transmission of the enemy. And a number of companies are marketing small, driver-driven “swayside drones” such as Switchblade for use by U.S. Special Operations Forces.
According to the US military official, the 358 missiles on the flight are about 9 feet long and can run on kerosene or diesel fuel in flexible containers that do not require a separate fuel pump. A dozen infrared lenses arranged in rings around the missile are thought to be capable of overcoming the heat-seeking resistance that coalition helicopters usually employ. Another US military official confirmed to The New York Times that six missiles from Iran were fired against US drones on Yemeni airspace aircraft, but they have not yet been able to hit any drone.
Of the three so-called missiles, three were captured by the US on November 25. Forrest Sherman, a naval destroyer and five others were rescued on February 9 in a U.S. operation. Normandy, Navy cruiser. The shipment included more than 170 Iranian tank-guided missiles made by Iran, as well as 5.5 blasting caps, which are critical elements in modern road bombing.
Captain Urban said that the United States believes that Iran has been supplying weapons to the Houthis rebels for the past five years, and that national shipments have prolonged the war in Yemen.
The Houthis have shown increasing resolve on the battlefield against Saudi and coalition forces throughout the country Civil war experts in Yemen attribute the group’s success to holding territories to the advanced weapons the Iranians have sent to them locally.
In September, the Houthi warriors claimed the feat A drone attack on an oil company in Abakai, Saudi Arabia. Parts of the Iranian cruise missile responsible for the attack were also recovered by the United States. Forrest Sherman November 25th.
Weapons in the hands of the US Navy have been found on a small motorboat called Dho. According to Captain Urban, the two wash-up sailors were interrogated and then returned to the Yemeni Coast Guard.