A Royal Saudi Air Force F-15C Eagle taking off from Nancy during Exercise Green Shield 2014 (Image © Dennis Spronk)

Saudis use Typhoons and F-15s in Yemen air strike

The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) used F-15s and Typhoons in an air strike on Houthi rebels in Yemen on Thursday, news reports say. The Saudi operation is said to be backed by Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Morroco. According to press agency Reuters, these counties are also sending warplanes to the area.

Yemen is battling rebel forces backed by Iran, which earlier led to US special forces leaving the country in a hurry. The rebels soon afterwards seized an airbase where the Americans were previously stationed.

The Saudi strike was aimed at a military airbase near the Yemeni capital. It marks the second time the Saudis use the Eurofighter Typhoon in anger, as the type has also been used in operations against Islamic State Forces in Iraq, dropping Paveway IV bombs. The RSAF purchased 72 Eurofighter Typhoons in 2007, all being manufactured by BAE Systems in the UK.

The RSAF has been a fervent user of the Boeing F-15 for years, with both F-15C air superiority and F-15S multirole fighters in service.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): A Royal Saudi Air Force F-15C Eagle. (Image © Dennis Spronk)