Yemen: How Are Missiles Transported From Strategic Depots to Launch Centers?

Sheba Intelligence | 2024-01-18 12:23 AM UTC


The Ansar Allah (Houthi) group has moved several missiles to launch centers in different provinces in North Yemen as it prepares for a long war with Western forces in the Red Sea.


Sheba Intelligence tracked a case of missile transfer from a  strategic depot in Sanaa to the launch centers in Al-Hudaydah. The process of the missile transfer happened as follows:


Six missiles, called Sa'ir missiles, were transported from a depot in the Al-Nahdain Mountain, which overlooks Sana'a. They are medium-range surface-to-surface ballistic missiles. The Houthis describe them as accurate, and such missiles proved capable of evading  Saudi, American, and British air defense systems. The missiles were used to target Saudi Aramco in April 2021.


The missiles moved from Al-Nahdain in Sana'a on two different roads. The first truck went to Saraf area north of Sana'a and then returned west via the Al-Haimah - Hodeidah road. The truck reached the tactical depot in Bajil of Al-Hudaydah province. The second truck moved from Al-Nahdain in Sanaa towards Dhamar. The truck continued the journey until it reached a tactical depot in the Kilo 16 camp in Al-Hudaydah.


The six missiles were then distributed to launch centers on the coast between the ports of Al-Hudaydah and Al-Salif. Air defense systems were installed on the Al-Araj coast, which is located between the two ports.