Inert U.S. Hellfire missile wrongly shipped to Cuba in 2014

An inert U.S. Hellfire missile sent to Europe for a training exercise ended up by mistake in Cuba in 2014, in a serious loss of military technology, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Did the reporter know what the word “INERT” meant?
    Probably not much technology in an inert round.

    • Raymond Cameron

      “Inert” means the explosive part is missing or replaced by a dummy. What is left are the propulsive and guidance parts. A good hacker could perhaps reverse engineer it and devise an iPhone app to control the missile the same way small civilian drones are controled.

      • Minicapt

        Inert missile do not have motors or the guidance package. They are intended to practice the ground crew during maintenance are rearming drills and to replicate the effect of the live missile on the aircraft’s flight characteristics. The missile should be entirely painted light blue and labelled ‘inert’.
        There are munitions which may have the motor and guidance package, but no warhead. It is handled and fired as a live round but there is powder puff emitted on impact with the target. The nose of the munition is painted light blue and marked ‘inert’, but the remainder is painted as for a live round. It should be referred to as a ‘live practice round’.


        • Raymond Cameron

          Thanks! I am not an expert.

  • Physics grad

    sure, an “accidental” transfer of tech by Obama to Cuba

    • David Murrell

      This was part of Obsma’s Fair Play for Cuba programme.

  • bob e

    mistakenly ended up in cuba .. how about we trace it back
    to the source ..

  • Maggat

    Who addressed the bill of lading? Obama?

    • tom_billesley

      The buck stops with the C-in-C.

  • Spatchcocked

    I know how I’d have delivered it to Cuba……

  • Heltau

    In 2014? Was this even in the “news”?
    I wonder how obummer is blaming bush for this?
    Fracken libturds!!!