MQ9 predator drone shot down over Yemen video

https://x.com/sameer_alnamri/status/1792955450759032945
This is the one that happened yesterday in north part of the country
Simple surface to air missile

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just like in my American COD
    >predator drone
    Ackchyually, the MQ9 is called The Reaper

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Man I hate that I keep doing that because they are two different drones but I just keep mixing up the names.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I don't blame you, the MQ9 looks cooler and should therefore have the cooler name of Predator

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Reapers cool tho

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            It sounds too close to 'weeper'

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              That's not that bad

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The truth is that the US is letting Yemen shoot down those MQ-9s.
    Now post the losses in manpower and material the Yemeni have suffered.
    A reminder that not a single US service member has been killed or injured by Yemeni strikes.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Didn't 3 die stopping a Houthi ship?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        No, a pair of SEALs went overboard butting in on a Coast Guard op against Somali pirates.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Look it up
          >Seals both drowned stopping a yemeni ship full of weapons
          Why lie anon?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Now post the losses in manpower and material the Yemeni have suffered.

      Like 5 empty sheds and 2 wedding ceremonies?

      US can't do jack shit to scratch the based Houthis.

      Frick you and your ZOG.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        lmao hey shill you dont have to use that spacing when you post here, thats for you reddit account shilling

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Here we go. I wish you understood better how western democracies work so you would save yourself the time.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Jesus Christ the COPES!

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    That's an MQ-1. I didn't think the US was using those anymore.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    maybe stop sending aggressive drones over sand Black person airspace?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Don't I like when this page updates.
      Seriously I'm the only one who updated the wiki page on air losses in yemen

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >shooting down a slow, prop driven, drone is an achievement
    Sad

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Trying to minimize this has happened 5 times this year because the US military literally never learns

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It already is minimal. They're ancient technology, at this point. You can try to make this seem like a bigger deal than it is all you want, but no one cares.
        Wake me up when 1st Airborne are parachuting into Yemen.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Again Everytime this happens it's
          >It's old
          >We don't need it
          >We have plenty more
          What's gonna happen when they hit 20 shot down? Or 40?
          When it actually starts digging into the reserves we have
          And no the us Airforce does care when this happens

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            These are the reserves of MQ-9 Reapers.
            What happens when there aren't MQ-9 Reapers operating? We stop using MQ-9 Reapers. It is literally an obsolete platform, the best use it has right now is being flown over enemy air defenses, getting shot down and then blowing the AD up in response.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              It's not an obsolete platform, because we still use it for many of our recon missions and strike missions.
              Obsolete would be the MQ-1
              And we aren't blowing up any AD because Houthis don't use traditional AD systems. They use small drones that can strike other drones that's why they've been so effective during this war

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >They use small drones that strike other drones
                So… missiles, basically.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I mean yeah but it's classified as an air defense drone

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                but you just said they weren't air defense

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Launching a drone from a truck or a metal bar is not the same as a KUb system

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >Drones
            >Reserves
            You do realize these drones are being used without concern because they're seen as semi-disposable? When/if the USAF runs out of platforms that literally don't matter they will switch what assets and what tactics are used over Yemen. Plus as

            These are the reserves of MQ-9 Reapers.
            What happens when there aren't MQ-9 Reapers operating? We stop using MQ-9 Reapers. It is literally an obsolete platform, the best use it has right now is being flown over enemy air defenses, getting shot down and then blowing the AD up in response.

            mentioned they're useful as Wild Weasels for DEAD.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              These drones are not seen as disposable.
              Scan eagles and RQ-21s? Sure. But reaper drones are expensive pieces of military tools the government probably doesn't want to lose.
              And two, we're not using them to strike AD.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                The Houthis have been shooting down Reapers since 2017 and the US still doesn't seem to mind flying them over Yemen. Loitering over Middle East shitholes is pretty much the only role a dated design like the MQ-9 has anymore.

                The actual drones the US would hate to lose would be their gucci ones like the RQ-170s and RQ-180s.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                The US lost 2 Reaper drones against Yemen between 2014 and 2023
                In the last 6 months they've lost 5 Reapers and 1 Predator

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Good thing drones are still easier to manufacture than human beings, even sand-dwellers, but I guess you need to feel like you are scoring one, shouldn't you start talking about Afghanistan, golems, inflation and the end of globohomo, etc.? Let's save us some posts or better yet move this one to /misc/ because you aren't interested in weapons but "owning the mutts".

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Something something your mother

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Semi-disposable doesn't mean fully disposable; it means acceptable for use in higher risk environments exactly like Yemen. The USAF knows full well they may lose a number of these drones.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Okay I just see people use that argument a lot and I really don't think the US military likes losing these more expensive drones

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Losing a Reaper drone certainly is not ideal, but it's not exactly something the USAF will lose sleep over. Not to mention they might deem the loss of these Reapers acceptable to gauge the capability of Houthi air defense.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I guess but still seems like we could send something far cheaper and older to do that

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Well, the Reaper has a particular flight profile that makes it immune to the most basic forms of air defense. You'd need to have some fairly capable mid-range AA to actually take one down. If you're going to poke a hornet's next, better to use an unmanned Reaper than a manned plane. We're past the days of having to resort to manned Wild Weasel mission to bait out missiles.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Manned missions sound like total hell
                And okay I get ya.
                Though I still think we should just use old Predator drones

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >what if what if what if
            See the problem is I exist in reality while you exist in your own, unique reality
            What ifs mean nothing when you’re trying to elicit a response based in the reality.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            You fricking idiot its the US military budget vs some Iranian rebels.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Then why on god's green earth are we not fricking winning this war within an hour

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Operational requirements, under the current procedures it's easier to just be as annoying to them as they think they are to the West, since technically they still haven't managed to create enough havok to bring a show of force you just send missions to kill some of them.
                If historical experience is any reference a rebel group needs to directly kill around 1000 civilians to get something like Afghanistan 2002 or Gaza 2023.
                So, do you think they can kill 1000 american civilians?

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                What fricking war, dipshit? It's not even a conflict yet. Why do you inbred shitskins have such hubris?

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                The fricking war were fighting moron
                The hundreds of drones and missiles were fighting moron

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Were fighting? Is it over?

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                No it's been going on for 100 days

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                morons consider participating in the defense of the red sea and the war in ukraine both constitute as US wars.

                It's so they can blame shit on Biden.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >Defense of the red sea
                It's called operation prosperity guardian and operation Poseidon archer
                Actively striking enemy territory and having them strike back is called war

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                That's a very loose term for "war". That's like saying we are having a war against somali pirates or even a civil war right now because the US government fights gangs consisting of us citizens like the crips.

                And we haven't had any armed strikes against russia in ukraine.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I'm talking about Yemen
                Ukraine's just a proxy war

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Even in yemen the term war is incredibly loose. We would be considered in a dozen different wars and even civil wars if simply attacking another group of people and them attacking back is considered war. Scale and intention are just as important.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Deploying multiple warships and flying hundreds of daily missions is larger scale

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >flying hundreds of daily missions is larger scale
                that's not happening. There have only been like a couple of major operations since january. We have been picking off UAVs and missiles one or two at a time since then. Far from "hundreds of daily missions."
                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2024_missile_strikes_in_Yemen

                One the "biggest" events to happen was when some helicopters blew up a couple of dingies, killing 7 people. In the last 72 hours more than 20 people were shot and killed in chicago alone. We have probably killed less than 100 houthis during this entire time.

                We SHOULD be going to war against the houthis but we really aren't. Dropping some hellfires from some reaper drones isn't really a war.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >having them strike back
                What, exactly, have they struck of the US?

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Drones

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >The hundreds of drones and missiles were fighting moron
                That's not a war, dipshit. That is a pathetic chimpout by impotent inbred shitskins. Come back when they actually hit a US warship.

                morons consider participating in the defense of the red sea and the war in ukraine both constitute as US wars.

                It's so they can blame shit on Biden.

                It's just impotent shitskins talking themselves up to tell themselves they're at war with the US military and winning.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                If you think THIS is thirdie chimping just WAIT until there’s an inevitable chain of frickups and a US warship gets even so much as a smudge from one of these missiles. That’s the pointless risk the US is taking right now, literally for nothing. To be seen pretending to patrol the trade routes is fine, but that can transform one day into being seen FAILING at it which will have a 1000x times the negative propaganda impact. /k/ would be unusable for days straight.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I'd be willing to endure that just for the footage of the Proportional Response that rolls in the next morning.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Keep dreaming buddy
                Every red line was crossed and we even tried to beg China and Iran to stop them

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Right, I missed the part where the US never bombed the Houthis, I must have jumped timelines again.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I'm just saying we've really been asking a lot of people to stop them

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                China has ships in the region, and they aren't doing shit. If China wants to make out like the next blue-water superpower, then this level of basic b***h force projection against people who are hurting their massively export-based economy should be a simple exercise. Asking them to pitch in on a project that is in their own best interests and having them refuse just goes to show how poor of an option they are as a global hegemonic candidate.

                Iran, similarly, is an effectively symbolic gesture. "If you want to start defrosting the last 50 years of frick-frick bullshit, this would be a good way to get us talking about that." By refusing, Iran continues to telegraph that they are perfectly happy being the world's comic book villains, fricking with everyone else's lives for spite's sake.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                It's a war moron
                Why is this such a bad thing?
                You scared the US hasn't defeated its enemy yet or something?
                Maybe it shows some incompetency on the federal level

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Also we are at war with Yemen
          But it's just an air war

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        This drone is worth probably 3x your entire village’s net worth Mohammed we can afford it

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >point out the US doing something stupid
          >UR BROWN
          Everytime

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >This drone is worth probably 3x your entire village’s net worth
          And that's exactly why it's a big deal that they are getting shot down by said villagers...

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I don't remember afghans doing this

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              https://x.com/war_noir/status/1792974746985881960
              War noir thinks it's an Iranian sam

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Indeed, it seems that this new enemy is more technologically advanced than the previous one.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Yet people think we're still fighting Taliban goat frickers in mountains

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Well they are very similar to the Taliban, in the way they operate, mentality, the geography of their home turf etc.
                The difference is that this time the Iranians are arming them so they can pack more of a punch than just aks, rpgs and the occasional dshk.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >buttsore mutt thinks that drone isn't worth what he will make in his lifetime multiplied 10 times
          >and it was still shot down trying to protect Israel's geopolitical interests

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >We didn't need them anyways

      Lmao, Vatnik tier.
      Fricking loser.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Unironically expendable assets. The US has lost one over the black sea and there was another over it right away.
        The stealth one hacked and taken over was a huge loss, these are just fodder drones left over from the gulf wars.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I wonder why the USAF is sending $30m UAVs into AD nets? Seems like a weird waste of valuable assets. Their purpose isn’t to be disposable, it’s to be more cost-effective vs manned aircraft. USAF and Navy run the world’s best ELINT systems there’s literally no way they’re not fully aware of all radars in the area so why are they flying into it over and over? I seriously don’t understand.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Well Houthis operate differently than our normal enemies. They don't use fixed radar systems or Sam sites. Everything is mobile.
      So for example someone could set up a radar site and launch a missile and immediately pack it up
      We really don't know how to counter this

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Lone, unsupported drones drones are incapable of countering this. If the full weight of the USAF and USN came in, they’d still get bombed to shit. SEAD and DEAD doctrine already assumes the enemy is using mobile and dispersed launchers.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Why not send more advanced drones that can go higher?

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            They probably do. The USAF is very secretive about where they deploy RQ-170 and RQ-180.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Id believe it but I don't see any real effects on the battlefield
              We should have taken out their missile and drone factories years ago
              But now apparently a new small arms factory has started opening up and Ak-104 clones have suddenly appeared all over Yemen

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                That’s because the US currently has no desire or will to resume bombing of Yemen, especially in an election year and with an administration that forced Saudi Arabia to sign a truce with the Houthis.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Lone, unsupported drones drones are incapable of countering this. If the full weight of the USAF and USN came in, they’d still get bombed to shit. SEAD and DEAD doctrine already assumes the enemy is using mobile and dispersed launchers.

        What? In order for radars to see targets they need to be active and searching. Are you suggesting that the Houthis have a bunch of roving SAMs which randomly ping their radars every now and then hoping to catch something randomly? Are we dealing with a very small area of airspace? And if they really are doing that why are $30m UAVs being flown into the same trap over and over? Why isn’t the best SEAD capabilities in the world at least prosecuting these pop-up radars, at least to get a radar-for-Repear trade? I mean if they ARE doing that and we just don’t know fine but otherwise it’s really strange.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Basically they have small radar systems from Iran which I fricking can't find but they're tiny as shit (sorry I'm so fricking angry I can't find em)

          And yeah these last two happened in the same exact spot

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          They’re allegedly using Saqr “358” loitering missiles, which use IR seekers. There isn’t ever a radar to target.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Yeah but how do they know they are up there in the first place? Spotting a drone with the naked eye is almost impossible.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              The same way they're showing you the videos that OP posted man

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                The anon said there was no radar. The video just shows thermals locked onto them. Are you saying they are just pointing thermal cameras at the sky and the reaper just happens to fly into their view?

                They are clearly using radar. The missiles might not be radar targeted but the only way to know where to point the missiles is to locate them via radar.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >Are you saying they are just pointing thermal cameras at the sky and the reaper just happens to fly into their view?
                Idk what to even say to that man, its a highly decentralized conflict using launch platforms that are similar in appearance to civilian vehicles with newly designed and produced munitions that have little publicly available data. Do you really think it's far-fetched for Iran to produce this type of loitering missile as part of their A2/AD strategy?

                >The missiles might not be radar targeted but the only way to know where to point the missiles is to locate them via radar.
                Are you moronic? Again, consider how they got the videos in the first place.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >Are you moronic? Again, consider how they got the videos in the first place.
                They use radar (pl-15 or pl-18 which have a range of 900km) to locate the drones and the 358 infrared to shoot them down. The 358 has a range of 100km.

                The radar is needed to find the drone but once they do the 358 just needs to be fired in it's general direction and it's optics will find the drone. They have to know the drone is up there and which direction it's going before they can fire the missile since it's loiter time isn't very great. They aren't just firing missiles up there hoping they will find something before running out of fuel and crashing down.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      even shia hill pgymies like the Houthis are smart enough to turn their SAM radars off until they have an ESM indication and to regularly move their SAMs around.

      Make what you will of the fact that S-400 batteries in Crimea are spotted by satellites and hit by ballistic missiles while Houthi SA-3s are slippery enough to avoid that and require actual SEAD.

      Well, the Reaper has a particular flight profile that makes it immune to the most basic forms of air defense. You'd need to have some fairly capable mid-range AA to actually take one down. If you're going to poke a hornet's next, better to use an unmanned Reaper than a manned plane. We're past the days of having to resort to manned Wild Weasel mission to bait out missiles.

      >We're past the days of having to resort to manned Wild Weasel

      nah but the future is clearly loitering ARMs with autonomous AI swarming and onboard offensive and decoy jamming (making SAM operators MALD) capability that are being developed like the SPEAR 3 EW.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Because the intelligence and strike capabilities they provide by being there are worth the occasional loss of an obsolescent drone that likely has already performed dozens or hundreds of successful missions in its career.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Again, 5 in a row seem a bit steep considering we haven't caused a real dent into Houthi weapons

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          We've lost about 1 a month. There are likely at least 3-5 drone sorties over Yemen per day, which means that as a very conservative estimate we're looking at probably 100 successful missions for every loss. It's also worth considering that a Tomahawk is $2m, so you only need to conduct 15 strikes with the Reaper fleet to even out every airframe loss, and that's ignoring the much greater value of the intelligence they provide and everything the fleet did in its 10+ years prior to the Houthi conflict.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I think they are just trying to burn through all their old drone inventory so they have a reason to replace them with rq-180s.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Sources, please.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Is the MQ-9 obsolete?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      it was obsolete the second it was created. It was never meant to provide intel in contested airspace or if the enemy had any AD at all. They are large, slow, and easy targets. They wouldn't have even been used in vietnam.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        They were largely developed for COIN operations, which they still serve that purpose very well. Problem is the Houthis are far more well equipped than your standard militia or terrorist group and the USAF is still being prevented from being able to actually strike their assets. I kind of think that they are purposely getting drones shot down to pressure the administration to do something about it.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >kind of think that they are purposely getting drones shot down to pressure the administration to do something about it
          the cope is off the charts

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >https://x.com/sameer_alnamri/status/1792955450759032945
    stop posting this shit, I don't use fricking twitter only 2016 rthedonald dickheads and jeet scammers do

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You're a moron

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Saars please understand we are indeed very stronk and the west is finished

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    To Yemen, it was the achievement of the year.
    To America, it was just Tuesday.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I don't get why you guys act like this when they shoot them down almost like clockwork

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Because it really is just "not a big deal". There's no American lives at risk, so they can do inherently risky things with them. The tax burden for a replacement is about $0.10 per capita, it's not some near-irreplaceable piece of decades-old investment. It might be irritating to the operational commanders, but they haven't rolled in the F-22s yet, so it's presumably not THAT big of an issue. It's not ideal, but it beats the hell out of taking casualties.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >F22s
          If they really wanted to delete Houthi's they'd be sending in F15s and BUFFs

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Either way, that's really the gist of it. They want the Houthis to stop shooting at ships. Wiping them off the face of the earth, especially after pressing the Saudis to lay off, is both morally questionable (for those handful of politicians that still ascribe to morality) and strategically a waste of effort if they can just be compelled to sit down and shut up. Compared to the costs of rolling the thunder and combing through the rubble with the Marines, a few drones ain't jack shit.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    What are you gay?
    It's a thread about a weapon being used on another weapon

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >sandBlack folk have reached 1950's technology and researched IR/RADAR missiles
    I'm on their side but everything they've done in the last 2 centuries was embarrassing.

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