The missile, believed to have been first used in 2017 to kill al-Qaida’s then No 2 leader, Abu Khayr al Masri, in Idlib province, first came to wider attention when its existence was disclosed by an article in the Wall Street Journal last year.AdvertisementThe weapon uses a combination of the force of 100lb of dense material flying at high speed and six attached blades which deploy before impact to crush and slice its victims.The bladed, non-explosive version of the Hellfire missile is the latest iteration of a weapon that has undergone several variations since it was used to weaponize previously unarmed Predator drones in around 2000.The first Hellfires were designed as tank busters with a powerful shaped charge, used in Afghanistan for which they were regarded as not entirely suitable.A later version was developed that carried a heavier explosive warhead , but which led in turn to issues with civilian casualties, leading to the development of the R9X.https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/25/us-military-syria-non-explosive-drone-missile-blades
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand the hooooooooooooooooooome of the braaaaaaaaaaaaaaaave *bald eagle soars above*
>>697720why not just use depleted uranium for the outer casing, it's cheap, very dense, and it's a glassy metal so lots of sharp shrapnel
>>697720>100lb of dense material flying at high speed and six attached blades which deploy before impact to crush and slice its victims.This is not a real weapon, this is something somebody with no knowledge of weaponry makes up to put in a Wiley E Coyote cartoon. The fact that the media thinks this is real is... yikes dude.
This makes no sense. Wouldn't a nonexplosive dummy bomb just kill someone anyway? You don't need some GW tech Dark Eldar stuff when physics will do the job for you.
>>697743They put firecrackers inside and it was 1:10000 target/collateral. This is literally to eliminate 1 person 1500 miles away.It's like intercontinental sniper :)
I don't get how you don't see use of this weapon,it's literally almost you can kill driver and people in backseat would stay alive.Power this weapon gets is it's speed, imagine throwing a rock from 200 floor on a car, it would LegoTM that car...
>>697771so why not stick with the uranium but make it the size of a 50 caliber round, simple, more ammo capacity on the satellite or drone, lower cost, efficient, and with how tech has advance you still wouldn't need to sacrifice on terminal lock guidance
>>697775because it's not as clean, no PR crap..
>>697720i would just join the russians and have fun with thermobare antipersonel rocket launchers.
>>697743>adapt a Hellfire to be higher-precision and non-explosive to avoid civilian casualties>"hurrr why not scatter and contaminate the area with low nuclear material?"
>>697720So wait, how many billions are we spending to basically throw a brick at someone?
>>697828don't trash talk government spendinginstead just shape bricks weird and paint them patchy sky blue and white, then you have stealth bricks with sky camo to cash in onca-ching
>>697760>>697764This. The blades are useless and would more than likely snap upon impact given the forces this object would be traveling. Ultimately they are just describing a cannonball, albeit a more aimable one.
>>697720>dude why don't we just glue 6 katanas to a missile bro, that way we can slice the terrorists heads offhow high do you have to be to write this article?
ITT: A bunch of morons who don't understand the power of precision kinetic energy weapons.If we could start precision killing enemy leaders with no civilian casualties and no toxification of the impact site, not only would the people stop hating us but we could actually win these perpetual wars. I could actually start being proud of our military again.
>>698082hey bomb makers, why wont you make us a bomb that wins us these wars so we dont need you around anymore
>>697736>eagle with hawk replacement sound effects since the bald eagle sounds like a faggotftfy
>>698088this is the kind of thought I have that lasts about a second before I dismiss it as retarded
How tall is Barron? Holy shit
>>698141what the fuck is a Barron?
>>698145a worker/warrior for the jewish nobility1a: one of a class of tenants holding his rights and title by military or other honorable service directly from a feudal superior (such as a king)b: a lord of the realm : NOBLE, PEER2a: a member of the lowest grade of the peerage in Great Britainb: a nobleman on the continent of Europe of varying rankc: a member of the lowest order of nobility in Japan3: a member of the lowest order of judaism, a mamzer
>>698088Yup, just like Vietnam, and the warning Eisenhower gave us on live TV. They don't want peace or winning.
>>698289Winning is unprofitable.
>>698218thats a baron you illiteratebarron is a nyse magazine
>>697775Congratulations. You're retarded.
>>698529U R Right! The reason he paid no taxes is because he had other expenses and losses which made it inconvenient to pay taxes and so he did not as is his right. The bonespurs comment is nasty...if more american service men had followed his lead and claimed bonespurs then they would have survived and the losses would be lower or should be re-adjusted and then reported as lower in order to support our Soupream Leedurd for Life! Mr Donald trunt!
>>698813Wrong thread, jackass.