The US “inferno” missile was first used in Ukraine, information published by Russian media shows the remnants of this extremely dangerous missile. Neither Washington nor Kiev have commented on the information yet.
Neither the United States nor Ukraine has commented on the Russian media reports yet. Before that, there was no official confirmation that Washington had delivered this weapon. If the US actually delivered the AGM-114 Hellfire missile to Ukraine, it would be one of the very dangerous weapons, creating additional difficulties for the Russian army.
In service since 1984, the AGM-114 Hellfire, nicknamed “hell”, is one of the most powerful anti-tank missiles in the world. This type of missile was initially only used on attack helicopters to destroy tanks. But now it has many new functions from destroying enemy health to destroying bunkers and even attacking enemy ships and canoes. Image of Hellfire missiles being mounted on attack helicopters. Each attack helicopter is equipped with 6 to 10 of these missiles.
In addition to being mounted on helicopters and UAVs, the most common vehicle used by the US to carry AGM-114 Hellfire missiles is the A-10. So far, tens of thousands of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles have been built to equip the US military as well as allied countries. The missile has a length of 163cm, a body diameter of 17.8cm, to destroy the target, the missile is fitted with a 9kg tandem explosive or 8kg fragmentation monolith.
The weight of this missile ranges from 45-49kg depending on the variant. The range of the AGM-114 Hellfire ranges from 500m to 8km when launched from combat aircraft. Image of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles being prepared to be mounted on US attack UAVs. The AGM-114 Hellfire uses a small engine for a cruising speed of 1,591km/h.
The AGM-114 Hellfire missiles use semi-active laser guidance or a probe at mm wavelength, thereby giving very high accuracy. This type of missile is capable of defeating any tank in the world today. The AGM-114 Hellfire can be guided to destroy targets from inside the aircraft or by lasers outside the aircraft.