U.S. Develops 'Ninja Bomb' That Targets And Kills People, With Blades
The secret missile doesn't explode, it instead shoots out six long blades just before impact, shredding anything its path.
It's deadly, accurate and precise and it's already proven its worth in the field, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The R9X -- nicknamed "the flying Ginsu" or the "ninja bomb" -- is a modified version of the Hellfire missile, but instead of exploding and taking out civilians along with terrorists, it uses sheer force to kill an individual target.
The weapon can rip through everything from cars to buildings but what makes it especially deadly is the six long blades stowed inside which deploy seconds before impact.
“To the targetted person, it is as if a speeding anvil fell from the sky,” The Journal wrote.
The United States reportedly began developing the missile in 2011 in an effort to reduce the number of civilian casualties.
It was reportedly born from Barack Obama's emphasis on cutting the number of innocent lives lost during America's long-running, international, counter-terrorism campaigns.
By 2013, he vowed to avoid ordering strikes unless there was "near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured".
As a result, terrorists adapted, hiding among groups of women and children to stay alive, and soon after the 'ninja bomb' was born.
It's been used a couple of times globally with the last known test in January.
The RX9 was used to kill Jamal al-Badawi, who was accused of masterminding the USS Cole bombing off the coast of Aden, Yemen, in 2000, which left 17 American sailors dead.
The 'ninja bomb' is also believed to have been used on al-Qaeda deputy leader Abu Al-Khayr al-Masri in Idlib, Syria, in February 2017.
The missile tore a hole through the roof and cracked the windscreen but there were no signs of an explosion.
Officials told The Journal that unveiling the new missile -- which they argue should have been done a long time ago -- is proof that the U.S. is committed to reducing collateral damage.