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Report: Yemen army announces restoring balance of missile deterrence
[20/February/2017]

SANA'A, Feb. 20 (Saba) - The missile force of the army and popular forces said it managed to restore the balance of deterrence in its favor after it was in favor of the US-Saudi aggression.

"In a short time and very complicated circumstances, the missile force managed to neutralize the Patriot PAC-3 batteries, the latest US anti-ballistic missile system, which was provided to Saudi Arabia last year," a statement issued on Sunday read.

The missile force confirmed such achievement was made only by national brains.

The missile force has proved its competence in deterring the enemy through developing locally several missiles beating the enemy anti-missile system and always hit the targets directly and accurately.

The last announced missile was Burkan 2 which hit the Saudi capital of Riyadh on February 6. The Developing and Research Center of the army's Rocketry Forces did not mention the specifications of Burkan 2 missile and only said it was modified from Burkan 1. The latter is regarded as a Scud missile which has been retrofitted to increase the range to reach much further than 800 kilometers.

The launch of Burkan 1 came in less than two months after the Developing and Research Center announced the type Zilzal 3 missile, which is a Yemeni-made 100%.

The 6-meter-long missile carries 10,000 fragments with range reaches 65 km.

In November last year, the missile force announced Zilzal 2 missile was entered into battlefield. The missile has a weight of 350 kg and the length of the warhead of 90 centimeters, and the weight of the head is 140 kilograms. It has been tested in battle for the first time in the November 23rd, 2016, on a Saudi military site in Jizan province.

The missile force announced the use of the Zilzal 1 missile in the battlefield in May 31 last year. Its reaches up to 3 kilometers and is characterized with extensive destruction.

Earlier, the army announced firing Qaher 1 missile on King Khaled air Base in Khamis Mushayt. The missile was unveiled on December 2016. Qaher 1 is a ballistic missile of the model of "Sam 2" and was developed and adjusted locally.

It works in two stages, solid fuel and liquid and reaches a range of 250 km. Its length is 11 meters and weight two tons.

In 2016, August, the army and popular forces Committees announced the entry of the "Sarkha" missile in the battlefield. The Surkha has a range of 17 kilometers and its warhead weighing 15 km and two meters in length.

The first missile locally manufactured or developed is (Al-Najm Thaqib 1 and 2), which were announced both at once, as well as it entered in the battlefield.

Al-Najm Thaqib 1, featured its range up to 45 km and a length of 3 meters with its explosive warhead weighs 50 kilograms.

Al-Najm Thaqib 2, a more sophisticated version of its predecessor. It has been doubled to a length of 5 meters and a range of up to 75 km and with warhead explosive weighs 75 km.

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