US kills Ayman al-Zawahiri with Hellfire missile

India is also using aerial and naval versions of the Hellfire missile that the US intelligence agency CIA used to kill al-Qaeda chief al-Zawahiri. The Apache helicopters acquired by the Indian Air Force from the US three years ago are equipped with these missiles. Official information about the drone with which the US killed Zawahiri […]
 


US kills Ayman al-Zawahiri with Hellfire missile

India is also using aerial and naval versions of the Hellfire missile that the US intelligence agency CIA used to kill al-Qaeda chief al-Zawahiri. The Apache helicopters acquired by the Indian Air Force from the US three years ago are equipped with these missiles.

Official information about the drone with which the US killed Zawahiri has not been revealed. But it is believed that the Reaper Predator-drone may have been used, as this drone can only attack with Hellfire missiles. Hellfire is also known as Heliborne Laser Fire and Forget Missile. But now there is also a longbow version of this missile, which is radar based. Indian Air Force Apache helicopters are equipped with Longbow Hellfire missiles.

However, according to sources, the CIA may have used a covert version of the Hellfire missile, the R9X. The missile weighs almost the same as the Hellfire missile, but has no warhead. But it does have a blade, which makes it a precise target and there is little chance of collateral damage. For this reason it is also called ninja bomb.