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[–] [email protected] 8 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago) (1 children)

At 30 million dollars each! are you winning US taxpayers?

[–] [email protected] 4 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago) (1 children)

Russia took one down with a jet by dumping fuel on it. lol

[–] [email protected] 4 points 1 month ago

the US even released a video of the incident to cry about it 😂

[–] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

This is the best summary I could come up with:

Since the Houthis seized the country’s north and its capital, Sanaa, in 2014, the U.S. military has previously lost at least five drones to the rebels.

Reapers, which cost around $30 million apiece, can fly at altitudes up to 50,000 feet and have an endurance of up to 24 hours before needing to land.

The drone shootdown comes as the Houthis launch attacks on shipping in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, demanding Israel ends the war in Gaza, which has killed more than 34,000 Palestinians there.

Early Saturday, the British military’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations center said a ship came under attack off the coast of Yemen’s port city of Hodeida.

The captain “has confirmed sustaining slight damage after being struck by an unknown object on his port quarter,” the UKMTO said.

The private security firm Ambrey said it believed the vessel struck was a Panama-flagged crude oil tanker.

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