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New CIA "Flying Ginsu" Missile Shreds Individual Targets With 6 Long Blades

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New CIA "Flying Ginsu" Missile Shreds Individual Targets With 6 Long Blades

by Tyler Durden
Fri, 05/10/2019

The CIA's latest high tech assassination precision strike missile appears something straight out of Mortal Kombat. "To the targeted person, it is as if a speeding anvil fell from the sky," the WSJ wrote, revealing the weapon publicly for the first time based on interviews with over a dozen current and former defense officials.

The R9X is the newest "secret" missile in the CIA arsenal and is nicknamed the "flying Ginsu" given its six blades used to kill targets on impact as the missile lands at high speed, without carrying an explosive payload.


A see-through model of the original Hellfire missile. The R9X is a modification of the original Hellfire, outfitted with blades that exit the missile's surface moments before impact. File photo via Lockheed Martin.


It's a modified version of the Hellfire missile which can shred anything in its path on impact, but designed to prevent or minimize civilian deaths.

It's also sometimes called "the Ninja Bomb" for its ability to rip through cars and buildings after being fired from a UAV as a kind of 100-pound giant flying switchblade, but since it doesn't create a blast radius, is optimal for individual targeting.

According to the WSJ, the CIA began development of the missile in 2011 for close proximity "war on terror" targeted assassinations also as a way to protect non-combatants who might be used as human shields, as terrorists tend to embed themselves within urban civilian populations.

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NEW - @WSJ confirms the @CIA & @DeptofDefense have a new "secret" missile - the R9X, or "flying Ginsu" - which kills a selected target with 6 blades, but no explosive payload.​
-- "To the targeted person, it's as if a speeding anvil fell from the sky."https://www.wsj.com/articles/secret-u-s-missile-aims-to-kill-only-terrorists-not-nearby-civilians-11557403411 …
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The WSJ described the newly revealed weapon further as follows:

To the targeted person, it is as if a speeding anvil fell from the sky, the officials said. But this variant of the Hellfire missile, designated as the R9X, also comes equipped with a different kind of payload: a halo of six long blades that are stowed inside and then deploy through the skin of the missile seconds before impact, shredding anything in its tracks.
One official noted in the report the R9X is "for the express purpose of reducing civilian casualties" which has apparently worked the handful of times it's been used on the battlefield.

Defense and intelligence officials cited by the WSJ revealed successful deployments in counter-terror operations in Libya, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen.


Via The Telegraph: "The missile did not even shatter the windshield of the car carrying Ahmad Hasan Abu Khayr al-Masri, al Qaeda's former number two in Egypt."


One of the confirmed uses of the R9X was in Syria on Feb 26, 2017 in Idlib, during the reported CIA assassination of al-Qaeda deputy leader Abu Al-Khayr al-Masri.

Analysts had been perplexed at the time as to the precision hole in the car's roof yet without any clear trace of an explosive blast impact, and Masri was confirmed dead inside.


I remember puzzling over these cuts for ages trying to work out what had hit the car of Abu Khayr al-Masri, deputy leader of Al-Qaeda.​
Turns out it was a Hellfire missile with fucking swords attached to it.​
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Now it's mystery solved: that's right, the CIA took out a jihadist via a giant 6-bladed flying knife, apparently.

If US officials are now going public with this high tech yet somewhat medieval sounding slice-and-dice device, in an apparent attempt to assure the public it cares about civilian casualties, we only wonder what kind of "creative" killing machines still remain classified.
 

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What? Blowing shit up is dangerous now? Does anyone really think the CIA cares about collateral damage and loss of life. That's never bothered them before!
 

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CIA Arsenal???

no wonder we're going broke, everyone's got their own weapons R&D department
 

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Does it really need blades? How fast is that missile coming in at....mach 1 or 2? Wouldn't that make a hole too? What's this thing called, the can opener? Coming next is the Swiss army missile, complete with cork screw and Phillips blade. Order now and get free para-cord option! CIA got those knives from the Brits who collected them from all civilians and now are going after hammers. We'll make a missile that knocks on the door first, bad guy opens and is pummeled to death with a ball peen hammer.
Yeah, what do they really have?
 

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Does it really need blades? How fast is that missile coming in at....mach 1 or 2? Wouldn't that make a hole too? What's this thing called, the can opener? Coming next is the Swiss army missile, complete with cork screw and Phillips blade. Order now and get free para-cord option! CIA got those knives from the Brits who collected them from all civilians and now are going after hammers. We'll make a missile that knocks on the door first, bad guy opens and is pummeled to death with a ball peen hammer.
Yeah, what do they really have?
I've seen IR video of a hellfire (with live warhead) hitting a pickup style truck and people getting out and running away afterward. It seems that there is no failsafe way to kill the target, but a ginsu warhead might be the most lethal manner to do so without leveling an entire city block.
 

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Does it really need blades? How fast is that missile coming in at....mach 1 or 2? Wouldn't that make a hole too? What's this thing called, the can opener? Coming next is the Swiss army missile, complete with cork screw and Phillips blade. Order now and get free para-cord option! CIA got those knives from the Brits who collected them from all civilians and now are going after hammers. We'll make a missile that knocks on the door first, bad guy opens and is pummeled to death with a ball peen hammer.
Yeah, what do they really have?

I want one with a flash light and something that Ratchets or comes Encapsulated in the End Cap and can Cut A Seat Belt Strap, you know, JUST IN CASE I DRIVE INTO A SWAMP SOMEWHERE!

got anything like that?
 

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"The Ginsu Missile"

Guaranteed to kill more people than any standard missile at a great bargain price!

And if you order before midnight tonight and we'll throw in a genuine Ginsu Bazooka rocket for free! (Just pay a "small" processing fee).

That's right, two unique and deadly weapons for the price of one!

Operators are standing by. Call 1-800-GINSU-4U
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Only a matter of time till everybody has them, what is the defense against these things.
 

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Only a matter of time till everybody has them, what is the defense against these things.
Being somewhere else when they hit!
 

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