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Hellfire, a loose arcronym for Heliborne, Laser, Fire and Forget, is the primary air-to-ground missile system for the US armed forces, the Central Intelligence Agency’s paramilitary capabilities and many allied nations.

The new missile, like its predecessors, can be launched from a range of platforms in the air, at sea or on the ground. It uses a designator spot laser that can lock on to its target before or after launch.

Export deliveries of air-launched Hellfire missiles have been made to Australia, Egypt, France, Greece, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, South Korea, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, according to Jane’s.

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http://arabnews.com/world/article518250.ece

is this necessary? it’s scary. what IS the world coming to, if people, excuse me, leaders of countries, believe they need such machines?