United Arab Emirates Airfield in Perim Island - Bab El Mandeb Strait

Ongoing leveling and grading activities as a consequnce of the relocation of UAEAF Presence in Assab Airport (Eritrea) to Perim Island (Yemen) in Bab El Mandeb Strait.

The runway in construction will be 1800 meters long and 50 meters wide, which is well within the requirements for a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III to land and take off.

Two protected light structures possibly serving as UAE contigent Headquarters are located on the south border of the existing main apron, both structures seem to be powered by electric generators. VHR Satellite Imagery from March 8th, 2021 shows uphill, a protected position is in the making, comprising two high walls and fresh asphalt. This uphill location could be reserved for a future AD system or EW/SIGINT hardware. Perim Island is in the Bab El Mandeb strait, the navigation choke point between the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, the most strategic point in this area. Following the signature of the Abraham Accords, Perim Island could now become a strategic hub for Intelligence collection which benficiaries are the Anti-Iran Coalition in the Middle East.


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