Thursday, January 7, 2016

Missing U.S. Hellfire missile was sent to Cuba

One of the most advanced U.S. missiles was unintentionally shipped to Cuba in 2014. The Hellfire missile was supposed to be sent to Europe for a training mission.

The AGM-114 Hellfire is an air-to-surface missile developed for precision strikes, usually against high value targets. It was originally developed under the name Helicopter Launched, Fire and Forget Missile, which led to the colloquial name 'Hellfire' It equips, among other weapons platforms, the U.S. military's Predator drones.
Shipping such a sophisticated weapon to a communist dictatorship with which the U.S. at the time didn't have diplomatic relations and has been under U.S. embargo for a half-century would be among the worst mistakes of its kind in U.S. military history.

The U.S. doesn't know what Cuba did with the missing missile and U.S. officials also don't know whether the mistake was an innocent shipping error, or something nefarious.

The weapon costs at least $ 100,000.