The U.S. military and the CIA reportedly have a new tool in their arsenal: a bomb that doesn't explode, but deploys sword-like blades to kill or maim its human targets.
The R9X Hellfire Missile, which The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday has been used at least twice—once by the Pentagon and once by the CIA—is a new weapon that is intended to reduce civilian casualties. The missile does not have an explosive warhead, but rather uses its weight and "a halo of six long blades" that deploy before impact to shred through whatever is in its path.
"To the targeted person, it is as if a speeding anvil fell from the sky," said the newspaper, citing an official familiar with the missile.
Now you too can be splattered by a hellfire missile anywhere!
I mean, it is being designed to reduce civilian casualties and I don't see the US reducing its drone use any time soon, so I think this was a pretty good idea.
no its a great idea but it raises the question of whether this will encourage more drone use in more heavily populated areas
Hilarious and terrifying at the same time
It's like Metal Gear Rising: Revengence IRL where we're somehow looped right back to fighting with swords.
On one hand: Less civilian casualties, woo!
On the other hand: Dedicated assassination weapon, boo...
I dunno, mixed feelings on this one, heh.
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