UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Since 2017, the Pentagon and the CIA have been using a secret missile in operations in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Somalia, which does not explode, writes Wall Street Journal, citing former and current unnamed US officials.
The weapon, the development and use of which was kept secret, is a modified version of the Hellfire missile, which is equipped with a warhead with idle equipment.
As the newspaper notes, the R9X rocket does not explode, but falls on a potential victim, punching the roofs of cars and buildings with its mass.
The weapon is equipped with special equipment, in particular, six long blades. They are released a few seconds before hitting the target, “cutting everything in its path.” In conversations, the rocket is called the Ninja Bomb.
The US military used this rocket rarely, only in certain conditions, the newspaper writes.
In particular, when the location of one of the leaders of a terrorist group is precisely established, but the use of other weapons is fraught with civilian casualties.
In total, according to sources of the publication, it was used about “half a dozen times” during operations in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Somalia.
Americans have been developing this type of weapon since 2011, said the publication. Rocket R9X was created under the former US President Barack Obama in order to avoid civilian casualties during air strikes.
As the newspaper notes, the use of the rocket with similar characteristics by the US military was considered as a “plan B” for the elimination of “terrorist number one” Osama bin Laden in 2011.
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