The CIA Has a Flying Knife Missile That Is as Awful as It Sounds

A Hellfire missile.
A Hellfire missile.
Photo: U.S. Department of Defense

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The U.S. government has a new, unusual tool in its toolbox of death: a missile designed to kill people not with high explosives but with large, sword-like blades that kill by literally slicing them to pieces. The weapon, nicknamed “The Flying Ginsu” after a brand of kitchen knives advertised in late night infomercials, was developed to minimize civilian casualties during U.S. airstrikes against terrorists and other targets.

The Wall Street Journal revealed the existence of the missile, known as the Hellfire R9X in a May 9th report:

A modified version of the well-known Hellfire

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