Forward air controllers, the most prominent role, ensure effective targeting. Beyond that, mirroring the US engagement against ISIL in Iraq, other ground presence may include air traffic control at active airports or airfields, and military trainers and advisers — sometimes accomplished by special forces units.” –Aleksandar JovovicWASHINGTON, DC — A representative for a Saudi-led coalition of land forces confirmed this July that they are supporting Yemeni forces with military, logistics, and humanitarian aid to bolster their efforts in re-capturing the city of Aden in “Operation Golden Arrow. The United Arab Emirates have also contributed both men and materials to the fight, registering two casualties over the past few weeks during “Operation Restoring Hope,” which is intended to support the Yemeni government under President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi.
These engagements are notable from an industry standpoint for the fact that this is the first time the UAE has deployed the Emirati-made Enigma eight-wheel-drive infantry vehicles — 25 to be exact — alongside 50 Emirati-made Nimr four-wheel-drive multipurpose armored vehicles. The Saudis have fielded 45 mine-resistant ambush-protected Oshkosh M-ATVs. Avascent Principal Aleksandar Jovovic explains how an air campaign supporting their efforts would be highly beneficial.
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