Secret American kinetic ammunition R9X
According to the American newspaper "The Wall Street Journal" in the article Gordon Lubold, Warren P. Strobel "Not Nearby Civilians", citing its sources, the armed forces and the CIA of the United States use in combat operations Middle East specially designed secret kinetic ammunition R9X, created on the basis of a guided missile Hellfire, but equipped with non-explosive warheads. As can be judged, the R9K ammunition is used mainly from reconnaissance-strike unmanned aerial vehicles of the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper family.American high-precision kinetic ammunition R9X, created on the basis of a guided missile Hellfire, in the version with retractable blades (c) The Wall Street Journal
The main purpose of creating the R9X rocket was to minimize collateral damage, and first of all, to avoid civilian casualties during high-altitude "liquidation" attacks. Terrorist and rebel groups are widely used practice of "dissolution" among the civilian population, especially in human settlements. The creation of the R9X rocket was launched in 2011 during the presidency of Barack Obama, who pointed to the need to avoid civilian casualties as a result of attacks by American UAVs.
It is reported that the rocket R9X, has two types of warheads. In the first case, it is an inert warhead-weight weighing about 100 pounds (45 kg). In the second version, the rocket carries six retractable large long blades, which unfold a few seconds before the collision with the target. In view of this, R9X received the slang names “flying Ginza” (in honor of the brand of knives), or “Ninja bomb”.
According to newspaper sources, the R9X was used by the Americans in combat conditions at least six times. In particular, this ammunition was used on February 26, 2017 in Idlib (Syria) during the destruction of Ahmad Hassan Abu Khayr al-Masri, who was considered number two in Al-Qaida by the US intelligence services - the R9X rocket with knife blades exactly struck the passenger car, which was a terrorist. In January 2019, Jamal al Badawi, one of the participants in the terrorist attack on the American destroyer Cole in 2000, was killed in Yemen using R9X.