The Pentagon Wants Its Special Forces Equipped With Small Missiles That Pack A Bigger Punch Than Hellfires

Breaking Defense: Commandos Buying Thousands of Small Missiles That Pack A Bigger Punch Than Hellfires

As counterterrorism missions show no signs of slowing down and civilian casualties always a worry, the commando command is turning to a light, guided munition to chase down fast-moving targets.

WASHINGTON: Small insurgent groups have long used speed and distance to try and outrun American precision-guided weapons launched from loitering drones and attack aircraft. But a new weapon being employed by U.S. special operators is trying to erase that tactic from their playbook.

A lightweight glide missile, smaller and more powerful than a Hellfire and fired from a C-130 gunship tens of thousands of feet above the battlefield, is about to start heading to the force by the thousands, according to SOCOM documents about an upcoming contract award.

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WNU Editor: Deploying Special Forces is now the strategy for the U.S. when it comes to counter-terrorism missions, and arming them with the necessary tools has become the priority .... smaller missiles included.

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