The wreckage of the MQ-9 Reaper is seen burning after it crashed in Sanaa. Source: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images
US Reaper shot down over Sanaa
Jeremy Binnie and Neil Gibson - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
- Yemeni rebels shot down a US MQ-9 Reaper on 1 October, despite their limited air defence capability.
- The incident has raised questions over why an armed US UAV was flying low over Sanaa.
05 October 2017
A US MQ-9 Reaper armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was shot down over western Yemen on 1 October, the US military's Central Command confirmed a day later, saying the incident was under investigation.The UAV was filmed as it fell burning to the ground in the outskirts of the capital, Sanaa.
Photographs and video from the crash site showed that the wreckage included an M299 missile launcher, the front section of an AGM-114R-2 Hellfire Romeo missile, and a Honeywell turboprop engine, confirming it was a Reaper rather than one of the Chinese-made UAVs flown by the Saudi-led coalition currently fighting Yemeni rebels or an MQ-1 Predator, which uses a Rotax piston engine.