first published on May 16, 2019 by Sean
The secretive R9X missile slashed its way into popular imagination this past week. Aptly nicknamed the “flying Ginsu” or the “ninja bomb,” it deploys six large blades moments before impact to kill a specific target with no explosive payload or unwanted collateral damage.
Want to kill a terrorist without the whiny media or spineless politicians complaining about collateral damage? Well then, slap a bunch of samurai swords to a pinpoint accurate hellfire missile and let the guillotine-like carnage begin.
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article illuminating the existence of the R9X missile, according to several current and former US officials. Purportedly based on the hellfire missile platform, it contains no explosive warhead but instead utilizes six metal blades that deploy in a halo shape to slice through a vehicle or building. The apparently inexpensive ordinance can be mounted to a number of aircraft including unmanned drones and strikes with amazing accuracy.
Allegedly beginning development by the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense back in 2011, it has only been used in five airstrikes thus far. However, one of these strikes occurred back in January against the mastermind of the 2000 USS Cole bombing, Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali al-Badawi. The long time al-Qaeda operative was killed while riding in a car in Yemen causing many to ask questions, since the vehicle did not appear to be the target of traditional ordinance.
The “flying Ginsu” is no doubt a major positive development in today’s modern world and allows the US to literally decapitate its enemies without the negative press. Hopefully, we’ll start seeing some gory BDA photos in the not to distant future.