he footage — from the ship’s internal close circuit television network – shows the collision of the boat laden with explosives hit the port quarter of the frigate Al Madinah (702) on a clear day with mostly calm seas.The Jan. 30 attack resulted in the loss of two Saudi sailors. The frigate returned to its homeport at the Royal Saudi Navy base in Jeddah on the Red Sea on Sunday — shortly after the video emerged of the attack.The response to the attack, the U.S. Navy sent the destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67) off of Yemen, south of the Bab Al-Mandeb strait on a presence operation to reassure allies in the region.//www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2KObg4gAC4
Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed an arms deal Monday valued at $3.5 billion, general director of Russian state-owned corporation Rostec Sergei Chemezov said in an interview with Tass news agency.The deal will be finalized during King Salman’s next visit to Russia, which could take place by the end of the year, the Kommersant newspaper reported.Russia is the world’s second largest weapons exporter with total sales exceeding $15 billion annually.Russia tried to broker a lucrative arms deal with Saudi Arabia in 2012, when the Gulf kingdom signed a preliminary agreement worth $20 billion, Chemezov said.That deal stalled when Saudi attached stipulations contrary to Russian interests, including a demand that Russia not sell C-300 long-range surface-to-air missiles to Iran.In an act of defiance President Putin removed all legal barriers to the export of the C-300 and sold the system to Iran for an estimated $1 billion.
WASHINGTON — A U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone was shot down in western Yemen on Sunday, officials at U.S. Central Command confirmed to Military Times.Multiple outlets reported on Sunday that Houthi rebels had claimed they shot down a drone. Images of the wreckage were posted by the rebel faction’s news agency SABA.Houthi air defense systems brought down the drone in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, SABA claimed.“We assess that an MQ-9 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle was shot down in western Yemen on Oct. 1, 2017. This incident is under investigation,” said Maj. Earl Brown, a spokesperson for U.S. Central Command.The MQ-9 is predominately an armed hunter-killer drone but the unmanned aircraft is also capable of surveillance and intelligence collection. (continua...)