India closely followed the death of Al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in a US drone strike in Kabul.
New Delhi is negotiating with Washington to get Predator drones that can launch the Hellfire missile that killed Zawahiri. The Ministry of Defence wants 30 drones, 10 for the Navy, Air Force, and Army.
Pictures from Zawahiri’s Kabul residence showed no evidence of an explosion, indicating the employment of the ‘Hellfire R9X’ The weapon has no explosive warhead, but its six blades crush and slice the target.
The US Department of Defense or CIA have never confirmed using ‘Hellfire R9X’
Hellfire has many versions. The ‘R9X’ variation targets a terrorist without harming people, unlike a conventional missile.
The ‘Hellfire R9X’ is around five feet long, weighs over 100 pounds, and leaves no burnt-out shells or mutilated markings. US forces deployed the weapon in 2020 against a Qaida-linked trainer in Syria. 4–5 times, the weapon was utilised.