Information

Serial Code Fragments:

WT: 52.0 kG

Victims:

50†
29–35+

Date:

16.03.2017


Map:

A5-8


Type of weapon

AGM-114 Hellfire

Source

Christiaan Triebert

Bellingcat

About

In the evening of March 16, 2017, reports came in that a mosque in a Syrian village in the western part of the Aleppo governorate was targeted by one or more airstrikes. Most of the initial posts on social media blamed either the Russian or the Syrian Air Force for the attack. Some reports, however, accused the US or the US-led Coalition, operating under the name Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR). Other reports said that the planes could not be identified.

Found remnants at the incident: The fragments which read: WT: 52.0 kG are left over of a hellfire missile.

Aftermath from the destroyed mosque.

Aftermath from the destroyed mosque.

Image of a complet Hellfire missile which is a air-to-surface missile. It's operation range can varry from 0.5km up to 11km while traveling through the air at speed of 1,600 KM/H. The small information tag with the tag which says WARNING and 2-MAN LIFT can be seen here on the photo too.

It is suspected that the Hellfire missiles were again fired of a MQ-R REAPER UAV. The MQ-9 Reaper UAV drone is manufacutred by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems a private corporation which parent is General Atomics. General Atomics announced in 2020 a $7.4 billion contract with the U.S Air Force for the production of 36 MQ-9 Reaper drones per year.

Lockheed Martin, Boeing (previous second source), and Northrop Grumman (seeker only for AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire) are the main manufacturer of Hellfire missiles.Therefore it is suspected that the used Hellfire missile in the incident was produced by one of the three mentioned companies which are all American corporations.

Lockheed Martin, Boeing (previous second source), and Northrop Grumman (seeker only for AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire) are the main manufacturer of Hellfire missiles.Therefore it is suspected that the used Hellfire missile in the incident was produced by one of the three mentioned companies which are all American corporations.

Lockheed Martin, Boeing (previous second source), and Northrop Grumman (seeker only for AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire) are the main manufacturer of Hellfire missiles.Therefore it is suspected that the used Hellfire missile in the incident was produced by one of the three mentioned companies which are all American corporations.

John S. Clark, Jr. Director, International Business Development for Missiles and Fire Control International from Lockheed Martin pointing briefly at a Hellfire by Lockheed Martin at the defence and trade fair Eurosatory in Paris. In the background the Hellfire is presented with the copy: ”Fused Security & Defence”.

Common Hellfire package at AUSA in 2013. A trade show and exhibition in the US. Again Lockheed Martin presenting the Hellfire missile.