Houthi group "Ansar Allah" in Yemen, on Tuesday, announced the manufacture of a new ballistic missile called "Badr F" entered the battlefield in front of Yemeni forces supported by the Saudi-led Arab military coalition in a step that increases the possibility of escalation of fighting between the warring parties in this poor country that is in a bloody war for the fifth consecutive year.
The Yemeni Houthis army spokesman Brigadier-General Yahya Saree confirmed the success of the missile force in the manufacture and development of a new ballistic missile is similart to the Russian missile Tochka in all its specifications
During a press conference held in the capital Sanaa, the spokesman reviewed pictures of the new ballistic missile (Badr-F), which is locally developed and is similar to the Russian missile Tochka in all its specifications.
He said: "The Badr-F missile’s range is 160 km and explodes at a height of 20 meters, and its shrapnel amounting 14 thousand scatter in a beam of 350 meters."
He added that the missile “Badr-F” had entered in unannounced operations and hit its objectives successfully, confirming that “this qualitative achievement is added to other achievements that have already been disclosed
Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014.
The Houthis say they fire ballistic missiles and UAVs at Saudi lands in retaliation to coalition strikes on its forces and civilian targets in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia has been leading a military coalition in Yemen since 26 March 2015, in support of forces loyal to President Hadi to retake areas controlled by Houthi (Ansar Allah) group seen as proxy for Iran in the Arabian Peninsula country.
The conflict has lefttens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced.
Yemen war has pushed the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.