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Not strictly armor-related but I'll relate a couple of interesting stories from Yemen nonetheless. I was talking to a couple of Bahraini F-16 drivers last week and they had just come back from flying in Yemen. One of them said during his first sortie there, he as flying as the 4-ship flight lead but since it was his first combat sortie, he was a flying a two-seat F-16D with another pilot in the back who already had several sorties there under his belt. He said when he got to the target area he was pissed to discover a whole bunch of clouds obscuring the target area when the weather officer had promised it was going to be cloudless and clear. So he mentioned to the other pilot on the interphone, "What the hell is wrong with our weather guy? He said he was going to be clear but I can't see the damned target through all these clouds!" To which the backseat pilot said, "Those aren't clouds. That's AAA [anti-aircraft artillery]." "Oh..."

The other guy said he got diverted to a CAS sortie to hit a rebel tank on the top of a mountain. He said when they got there, on top of a really steep, tall mountain, there was a Houthi tank. He couldn't figure out how they got it up there. He said his was told afterwards that the rebels bury their tanks almost completely in dirt to hide them and also spray them down with water after they fire in an attempt to obscure the IR signature.

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Yemen crisis: President Hadi 'returns to Aden from exile'

 

38 minutes ago
Yemen's president is reported to have returned to the southern city of Aden after six months in exile.
Officials at the city's airport said a plane carrying Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi had landed on Tuesday.
A government source told the Reuters news agency Mr Hadi would spend the festival of Eid al-Adha in Aden before flying to New York to address the UN.
He fled Aden in late March as Houthi rebels advanced on the city, triggering air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition.
In July, pro-government militiamen and soldiers loyal to Mr Hadi drove the Houthis out of Aden with the help of coalition ground forces.
However, residents have complained that Aden has descended into chaos and lawlessness, with jihadist militants affiliated to al-Qaeda and Islamic State seen on the city's streets, and that the local authorities have been slow to restore services.
Last week, Prime Minister Khaled Bahah returned to Aden with seven ministers to take up residence, and acknowledged the government faced major challenges.
The UN says almost 4,900 people, including more than 2,100 civilians, have been killed in fighting on the ground and air strikes since 26 March.
Earlier on Tuesday, witnesses and medics said at least 20 people were killed when coalition warplanes bombed two buildings in the capital Sanaa, which the rebels seized a year ago.
The identity of the casualties was not clear. One security source saying they were mostly Houthis, but the rebel-controlled Saba news agency said they were civilians.
The Saudi defence ministry meanwhile said two soldiers had been reported missing after getting lost inside Yemeni territory. Evidence suggested they were being detained by rebel forces, it added.
The acknowledgement comes days after a man who identified himself as a captured Saudi soldier appeared on a pro-Houthi television channel and said he was being held with several comrades, the AFP news agency reported.
Since regaining control of Aden, forces loyal to President Hadi and coalition troops have advanced northwards towards Sanaa. However, their offensive is reported to have stalled in Marib province, east of the capital, in recent days.

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34323078

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Houthis engaging Saudi troops in a valley. Note the Houthi marksman equipped with a M82, wearing a scruffy dinner jacket and having a toothache.

 

Looks to me like the Saudis didn't have anything with the range to reach out and hit back.

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Houthis engaging Saudi troops in a valley. Note the Houthi marksman equipped with a M82, wearing a scruffy dinner jacket and having a toothache.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-drTRF1NaGY

i think it is not toothache but trying to protect his ears, probably damaged earlier.

Still reminded me this

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That's understandable, since the Sand People of Star Wars are clearly based on Bedouin Arabs.

 

Now, now, please call them by the politically correct name they were given- "Tusken Raiders"

 

 

I thought about doing that, but decided not to since that name isn't familiar to everyone. :(

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The Houthi strike me as quite decent light infantry, even man packing a .50cal. I have yet to see Saudi's use smoke or any leap frogging movements.

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Houthis engaging Saudi troops in a valley. Note the Houthi marksman equipped with a M82, wearing a scruffy dinner jacket and having a toothache.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-drTRF1NaGY

 

Your vid just showed up on ARES' website and another .50 BMG rifle showed up in Houthi hands as well, this one from Canada:

 

 

Some observers have suggested that the presence of the M82A1 in Yemen could be explained through battlefield capture from Gulf coalition members who are known to employ them, including Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. However the M82A1 is not new in Yemen, with documents obtained through FOIA requests indicating the supply of military materiel from the United States to Yemen in 2012, which included a number of M82A1 rifles (seen in the extract below). With significant materiel known to be have been captured by Houthi fighters from Yemeni government forces, these rifles are perhaps more likely to have undergone a similar transition.

 

Another anti-materiel rifle, also chambered for .50 BMG, has been sighted in service with Houthi forces. The rifle, pictured at the top of this page, has been identified by ARES as an LRT-3 model ‘sniper weapon system’ from PGW Defence Technologies Inc. Images of this weapon were widely posted to social media, and reports indicate it was seized by Houthi forces on 11 June 2015 after clashes with Saudi border guards. The bolt-action LRT-3, fitted with a suppressor, was displayed alongside other captured small arms (seen below), including a number of G36 series rifles likely to have been produced in Saudi Arabia under license from German manufacturer Heckler & Koch. Also pictured is a G3A3-type rifle, also likely to have been produced under license in Saudi Arabia, and another bolt-action sniper rifle, most likely a PGW Timberwolf, chambered for .338 Lapua Magnum. As well as the suppressor fitted to the LRT-3, both rifles appear to feature Schmidt & Bender telescopic optics, likely supplied by the rifles’ manufacturer. It’s worth noting that another bolt-action rifle thought to be a PGW Timberwolf was amongst small arms taken by Houthi forces from Saudi troops in October.

 

PGW is out of Winnipeg, BTW. German, Canadian, American; The Houthis have good taste. :ninja:

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The Houthi take what they can get. It is rather their enemies good tastes. To not pick: The G3 is not an A3, missing the case deflector and having the wide hand guard. And the right most G36 with top rail next to the bolt action .50" is aimed with Allah as there are no sights on the rail. :D

 

 

edited to add: telling that the manuals for the PGW LRT-3 are available in english and arabic: www.pgwdti.com/lrt-3/

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The Houthi take what they can get. It is rather their enemies good tastes. To not pick: The G3 is not an A3, missing the case deflector and having the wide hand guard. And the right most G36 with top rail next to the bolt action .50" is aimed with Allah as there are no sights on the rail. :D

 

 

edited to add: telling that the manuals for the PGW LRT-3 are available in english and arabic: www.pgwdti.com/lrt-3/

 

Thank you for the added details and the link.

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