Houthis claim hypersonic missiles, threaten more attacks beyond Red Sea

TRT World

On Thursday, Abdul Malik al Houthi, the Houthis’ secretive supreme leader, said the group will start hitting ships heading toward the Cape of Good Hope in Africa’s southern tip.

Until now, Houthis have largely struck ships heading into the Red Sea toward the Suez Canal, and such an escalation would target the longer, alternative route used by some vessels. It remains unclear how they would carry any possible assault out.


Iran, the Houthis’ main supporter, claims to have a hypersonic missile and has reportedly armed the group with the missiles they now use.

“The group’s missile forces have successfully tested a missile that is capable of reaching speeds of up to Mach 8 and runs on solid fuel,” a military official close to the Houthis said, according to the RIA report.

The Houthis “intend to begin manufacturing it for use during attacks in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, as well as against targets in Israel.”

Mach 8 is eight times the speed of sound.