Ansar Allah, the Yemeni Zaidi group that a coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia is currently trying to defeat, has unveiled ‘homemade’ rockets for the first time as well as a BM-27 Uragan multiple rocket launcher (MRL) under its control.

The Piercing Star (Al-Najim al-Thaqib) rockets were seen for the first time in footage broadcast on 26 May by Al-Masirah, a television news station that supports Ansar Allah.

Al-Masirah reported that the Piercing Star 1 is 3 m long, has a range of 45 km and a 50 kg payload. The larger Piercing Star 2 is 5 m long, has a range of 75 km and a 75 kg payload. Both types have fixed stabilisation fins and are launched from rails rather than tubes. […]