Saudi Patriot Missiles Malfunction

Saudia Arabia fired Patriot missiles (MIM-104C surface-to-air missile) in a desperate attempt to intercept seven missiles launched by Houthi rebels from Yemen.

According to Houthi-run SABA News Agency, mobile Burkan 2-H short-range ballistic missile were fired at Saudi targets.

The rocketry force targeted King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh with Burkan 2-H missile and targeted Abha regional airport in Asir with Gaher-2 M, a military official told Saba on Monday.

Saudi Arabia MIM-104C Patriot missile intercepted Burkan-2H (as shown in the picture) aiming at the Riyadh International Airport.

Two Patriot missiles failed as one exploded mid-air shortly after launch while another one abruptly changed its course and exploded in a residential area, killing at least one.


The Houthi also launched Badr ballistic missiles hit Najran airport and other targets in Najran city.

According to Saudis officials, all Houthi missiles were destroyed by the MIM-104C Patriot. Saudi Arabia is planning to acquire Russian-made S-400 missile system, a move that could replace to American-made MIM-104C Patriot missile after the two fails.

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