Video of an American underwater drone in the hands of the Houthis

Video of an American underwater drone in the hands of the Houthis

In Yemen, Houthi rebels were able to seize a highly advanced underwater drone, according to numerous posts on social media shared by accounts close to the Yemeni rebels. The video is supposed to provide proof. The RFI looked into the question. Ultimately, this is fake news released online to increase confusion as naval and air skirmishes have become frequent in the Red Sea.

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The video circulating on social media only takes thirty seconds, but it has been widely shared by various accounts in the Arab world, in Turkey, and even by some Russian-speaking accounts. We see frogmen moving around a small yellow torpedo-shaped submarine.

Video taken out of context, supposedly showing rebels seizing a US underwater drone in Yemen


According to many comments, it is Remus 600: The US Navy's newest underwater drone, the Houthis have just captured one of them ». Other netizens add They will send it to Iran to be copied “. Photos are often accompanied by video. This footage shows gray debris on the beach.

On social networks, this wreck found on the shore of the Red Sea is sometimes associated with rumors of the seizure of an underwater drone of North American origin. © Screenshot

A quick search reveals that the Remus 600 aircraft used by the US Navy are mostly painted gray or black. Therefore, this information attracts our attention.

A US Navy test of the Remus drone in anti-mine exercises in 2016.
A US Navy test of the Remus drone in anti-mine exercises in 2016. © US Navy

It has been verified that the underwater drone seen in the video is actually a robot intended for deep surveillance. It has already fallen into the hands of the Houthis, but that is nothing new. A reverse image search proves that the video has been circulating for at least six years.

On YouTube we find a similar video, but it dates back to 2018.


Upon closer inspection, the gray debris found on the beach was found to come from a drone, the MQ-9 Reaper, that may have been shot down by the Houthis. The Pentagon confirmed the loss of the plane on Wednesday, February 21.

Identifying the parts of the Reaper plane found in the Red Sea


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