Yemeni pilots are now flying IOMAX AT-802 light strike aircraft out of Al-Anad Air Base in the south of the country, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) revealed on 28 October.

The UAE’s official WAM news agency reported that the country’s military is currently putting several Yemeni pilots through extensive flight training at Al-Anad, which it said has been renovated by the coalition that launched a military operation in March to re-install Yemen’s ousted president. Yemeni forces, backed by an Emirati battlegroup that was landed at Aden, recaptured the air base in August.

WAM reported that the aim is to train a Yemeni force that can “further enhance military operations in the province of Taizz” and added that the Yemeni pilots had already carried out strikes against weapons depots and vehicles in the cities of Taizz and Al-Baydah, where Yemeni militias fighting on behalf of the ousted government are struggling to defeat opposition forces. […]