Information

Serial Code Fragments:

AGM-114R9X

Victims:

1+

Location:

Salqin, Greater Idlib, Syria


Date:

30.12.2020


Map:

B5-8


Type of weapon

AGM-114R9X Hellfire

About

On December 30, a U.S. drone strike hit the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, where a number of terrorist groups affiliated with al-Qaeda are active. The strike targeted a mini truck that was passing on a road between the towns of Salqin and Isqat in northern Idlib. The two towns are located a few kilometers away from the border line with Turkey. Photos from the strike scene show what appears to be the remains of an AGM-114R9X missile. Dubbed “Ninja Bomb”, the missile is a Hellfire variant armed with a kinetic warhead with pop-out blades, meant to reduce collateral damage. Deployed in secret since 2017, with existence revealed in 2019.

About

On December 30, a U.S. drone strike hit the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, where a number of terrorist groups affiliated with al-Qaeda are active. The strike targeted a mini truck that was passing on a road between the towns of Salqin and Isqat in northern Idlib. The two towns are located a few kilometers away from the border line with Turkey. Photos from the strike scene show what appears to be the remains of an AGM-114R9X missile. Dubbed “Ninja Bomb”, the missile is a Hellfire variant armed with a kinetic warhead with pop-out blades, meant to reduce collateral damage. Deployed in secret since 2017, with existence revealed in 2019.

Mini truck which was hit by the AGM-114R9X Hellfire. This type of missile is also referred to as Ninja bomb or the Flying Ginsu.

Remnants from other incidents reveal how this secret kept new missiles had been already used before.

The Hellfire R9X is a Hellfire variant with a kinetic warhead with pop-out blades instead of explosives, used against specific human targets; its lethality is due to 45 kg (100 lb) of dense material with six blades flying at high speed, to crush and slice the targeted person. It is also called the Ninja bomb or the Flying Ginsu.

Lockheed Martin, Boeing (previous second source), and Northrop Grumman (seeker only for AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire) are the main manufacturer of Hellfire missiles. It is suspected that since they are the main manufacturers of the Hellfire that this newer type of missiles might be designed and produced by one of them as well.

Lockheed Martin, Boeing (previous second source), and Northrop Grumman (seeker only for AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire) are the main manufacturer of Hellfire missiles. It is suspected that since they are the main manufacturers of the Hellfire that this newer type of missiles might be designed and produced by one of them as well.

Lockheed Martin, Boeing (previous second source), and Northrop Grumman (seeker only for AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire) are the main manufacturer of Hellfire missiles. It is suspected that since they are the main manufacturers of the Hellfire that this newer type of missiles might be designed and produced by one of them as well.