Locally Made Cruise Missiles, Ballistic Missiles, Drones Unveiled at Houthi Military Exhibition, Sign Reads: "Death to America, Death to Israel, May the Jews Be Cursed"
On July 7, 2019, Al-Masira TV (Yemen) aired a report about the opening of a Houthi military exhibition in Yemen that showcases locally-made ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, spy drones, and attack drones. The opening of the exhibition, which was named after Saleh Al-Samad, a Houthi official killed in a Saudi airstrike in 2018, was attended by Field Marshal Mahdi Al-Mashat, who is the president of the supreme political council and the supreme commander and the armed forces. The report showed Houthi officials cutting the red tape at the exhibit and unveiling the equipment, some of which had "Made in Yemen" written on it. A sign at the exhibit read: "Allah Akbar. Death to America. Death to Israel. May the Jews be cursed. Victory for Islam."
Yemeni Minister of Defense Major General Muhammad Nasser Al-Atifi said that the ballistic surface-to-surface missiles are the "long arm" of the Republic of Yemen and that they are Yemen's "strategic deterrence" meant to strike large strategic targets in the "countries of the aggression." He explained that Yemen has short-range, medium-range, and long-range tactical and ballistic missiles, and he thanked Allah, the men of Yemen's missile force, the "heroic" mujahideen on the front line, and the Yemeni people. The names of some of the equipment included Qasif, Sammad, Qahed-M2, Quds, and Badr.
Reporter: "The President of the Supreme Political Council, Field Marshal Mahdi Al-Mashat – who is also the supreme commander of the armed forces – opened today a military exhibition for Yemen's military industries that is named after the martyr Saleh Al-Samad. The exhibit showcases ballistic and cruise missiles, as well as new drones."
Military officers and civilians walk through an exhibition of drones and missiles, stopping at various points.
Text On Signs: "Allah Akbar. Death to America. Death to Israel. May the Jews be cursed. Victory for Islam."
Maj. Gen. Muhammad Nasser Al-Atifi: "In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Allah said: ‘Prepare for them whatever force...' The ballistic surface-to-air missiles are the strategic deterrent force of the Republic of Yemen. They are the long arm of the Republic of Yemen, and they are meant to strike large strategic targets in the countries of the aggression. We have three kinds of surface-to-surface missiles, as well as strategic surface-to-surface missiles: short-range, medium-range, and long-range. We have an arsenal of missiles that we manufactured and developed with the help of Allah and the heroic, anonymous, and loyal men of the missile force, as well as the Yemeni experts who were able to manufacture these missiles in order to protect the Republic of Yemen. In addition, several drones were manufactured, like the Qasif and the Sammad. Some of the drones are attack drones, and some are spy drones. This happened by the grace of Allah, and with the support and directions of the political leadership. I would like to thank the heroic mujahideen on the front lines, the men of the missile force, and the great Yemeni people, who have supported us and enabled us to manufacture these missiles."