FORT BLISS, Texas — Houthi rebels in Yemen fired at least seven Burqan 2H ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia on Sunday.
The Saudis attempted to intercept the missiles with five US-made Patriot missile defense systems, but the intercepts appear to have failed.
We recently got a chance to see a Patriot system at Fort Bliss, although the artilleryman there declined to comment on its success rate.
One person was killed and two more were injured by shrapnel in Sunday’s incident, possibly the result of the Patriot Advanced Capability-2, or Pac-2, missiles that the Saudis fired themselves.
This is not the first such incident between the Saudis and Iranian-backed Houthis who have been locked in a deadly war in Yemen since early 2015.
The Saudi’s Patriot system has failed in other Houthi attacks too, but it has also been successful in other ones. Between June 2015 and July 2015, Houthis fired at least 19 missiles at Saudi Arabia, 17 of which were intercepted most likely by Patriot batteries.
See the photos here: http://www.businessinsider.com/patriot-missile-system-photos-tour-2018-3