By Mark Ellis –
The terrorist leaders never saw it coming. A secretive new missile developed by the Defense Department and CIA never exploded, but unfurled six screaming blades that minced their way through the targeted vehicle and the Al-Queda-affiliated officials inside.
The drone strike June 14th killed Jordanian Qassam ul-Urdini and Yemeni Bilal al-Sanaani in Idlib, a city in northwestern Syria.
Video of the impacted vehicle shows one side completely untouched, while the roof, one side and the front window were severed.
The new R9X weapon, dubbed the “Flying Ginsu” or the “Ninja Bomb” unfurls six steel blades in the moments before impact. Without an explosion or impact crater, it drastically reduces the risk of collateral damage to civilians. The halo of blades can slash through buildings or vehicles with ease.
“The Hellfire R9X missile is a modified version of the Hellfire anti-tank missile, the likes of which have been featured on America drones like the Reaper and Predator,” Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Fox News. “The result is a much smaller kill radius, which can limit the damage caused by the missile to the intended target area. Such a feature is increasingly needed for counterterrorism campaigns, where the fighting is closer-in, and the environment around the target is more dense and likely to be filled with non-combatants.”
The traditional Hellfire missile can kill everything within a 700-foot radius, whereas the new weapon can pinpoint its deadly force to as small a radius as 30 inches.
It is said to have the ability of killing a passenger within a vehicle but not the driver of the same vehicle sitting within a few feet. It can slice through the walls or roof of a house, killing a terrorist leader sitting at a meal, but not harm others sitting at the same table.
“Some analysts allege that the Hellfire R9X was used in Iraq in a deadly display of its effectiveness this January against Qassem Soleimani – the former Commander of Iran’s IRGC Quds-Force, and Abu-Mahdi al-Muhandis, the former Commander of pro-Iranian militias in Iraq,” Taleblu told Fox.
The development of the warhead began as early as 2011 under former President Barack Obama, according to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), due to concerns about collateral damage in densely populated areas.
Terrorist leaders often surround themselves with women and children to complicate targeting them. The R9X was instigated to deal with those conditions.