AGM-114 Hellfire

Operator: Status: Number: Cost: Acquired: Variants:
Egypt In Service <500 / 356 Part of $488 million AH-64 package (1990); $45 million (1996); $51 million (2009); $57 million (2015) 1994 AGM-114A/K/R3
Iraq In Service / On Order <5500 / 6000 $700 million (2014); $82 million (2015); $800 million (2016) 2009 AGM-114A/K/L/N/R
Israel In Service / On Order <1930 / 2000 $45 million (1995); $50 million (2004); Part of $1.879 billion munition package (2015) 1990 AGM-114C/F/K/L3/R
Jordan In Service <50 2014 AGM-114K/M
Kuwait In Service <788 $868 million (2002); $49 million (2012) 2007 AGM-114K3/R3
Lebanon In Service / On Order ~500/~500 $146 million (2015) 2016 AGM-114R*
Qatar On Order 700 $137 million (2012) AGM-114K3A/R3
Saudi Arabia In Service / On Order <3232 / 1536 Part of $25.6 billion helicopter package (2010); Part of $3.3 billion AH-64E package (2010); Part of $1.9 billion MH-60R package (2015) 1993 AGM-114A/K/R
Tunisia On Order 100 Part of $700 million UH-60M package (2014) AGM-114R
Turkey In Service 200 $6.7 million (1999) 2000 AGM-114K/M
United Arab Emirates In Service / On Order <651 / 4000 Part of $526 equipment package (2009); $65 million (2011); $476 million (2016) 1993 AGM-114K/L3/M3/N/R3
General Specs
Country of origin: United States
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin
Type: Air-to-surface missile with variants for anti-armor, buildings, soft-skin vehicles, and multipurpose use
Introduced: 1982
Guidance: Semi-active laser (Hellfire II) or millimeter wave radar (Longbow)
Range: 4.97 miles (8 km)
Length: 64-69 in (162.6-175.3 cm)
Diameter: 7 in (17.8 cm)
Weight: 99.8-107 lbs (45.3-48.5 kg)
Warhead type: AGM-114A/B/C: 18 lb single shaped-charge (HEAT, non-reactive armor)
AGM-114F/K/L: 20 lb tandem high explosive charge (HEAT, reactive armor)
AGM-114M: Blast fragmentation (soft targets)
AGM-114N: Metal agumented charge (urban structures, bunkers, radar sites, communication installations, and bridges)
AGM-114R: Integrated blast frag sleeve (multipurpose)
Fuse: Impact fuse; AGM-114N & R use a variable-delay fuse
Speed: Mach 1.3 (997.5 mph / 1,605.2 km/h)
Propulsion: Solid-propellant rocket
Launch platform: AH-6i, AH-1, AH-1W, AH-64A, AH-64D, AH-64E, T129, IA-407, 407MRH, OH-58D, AH-60, UH-60M, MH-60R, S-70B, AC-208B, AT-802U, A-29, MQ-1B, MQ-1C, MQ-9


Egypt says three militants killed, 74 arrested in Sinai raids

Egyptian security forces killed three suspected militants and arrested 74 others in raids targeting militant groups in North Sinai in recent days, the military said in a statement on Thursday. Egypt faces an Islamist insurgency led by the Islamic State group in the Sinai Peninsula, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed since 2013. The military did not name a specific militant group or release the names of those killed but said the militants were “highly dangerous”.

U.N. pleads for end of Yemen blockade or ‘untold thousands’ will die

The heads of three U.N. agencies urged the Saudi-led military coalition on Thursday to lift its blockade of Yemen, warning that “untold thousands” would die if it stayed in place. The coalition closed all air, land and sea access to Yemen on Nov. 6 following the interception of a missile fired towards the Saudi capital, saying it had to stem the flow of arms from Iran to its Houthi opponents in the war in Yemen. Yemen already has 7 million people on the brink of famine, but without the reopening of all ports that number could grow by 3.2 million, the heads of the World Food Programme, UNICEF and the World Health Organization said in a joint statement.

Israeli army chief says ready to share information with Saudi Arabia

The Israeli army’s chief of staff told an Arabic language online newspaper that Israel was ready to share “intelligence information” with Saudi Arabia, saying their countries had a common interest in standing up to Iran. Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot told the privately Saudi-owned Elaph in what it said was his first interview with an Arabic newspaper that Israel had no plans to attack Lebanon’s Hezbollah group. Saudi Arabia has ratcheted up pressure on arch-foe Iran, accusing Tehran of trying to expand its influence in Arab countries, often through proxies including the Lebanese Shi‘ite Hezbollah group.

Details remain vague after four more US strikes against AQAP in Yemen | FDD

The US military has conducted at least four more strikes against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the last two months, according to data acquired by FDD’s Long War Journal. But US Central Command (CENTCOM) has still not released details on any strikes against AQAP in Yemen in 2017. FDD’s Long War Journal has twice inquired with CENTCOM about strikes against AQAP in Yemen in 2017. In mid-Sepember, CENTCOM told us the number was “more than 100.” Yesterday, CENTCOM told us the number was “more than 110,” six of which were conducted against the Islamic State.

Iraqi forces recapture last Islamic State-held town

Iraqi forces on Friday captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, signaling the collapse of the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate. Rawa’s capture marks the end of Islamic State’s era of territorial rule over a so-called caliphate that it proclaimed in 2014 across vast swathes of Iraq and Syria. Iraqi forces “liberated Rawa entirely, and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings,” Lieutenant General Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah said in a statement from the Joint Operations Command.

Erdogan says Turkey pulls troops out of NATO exercise, Stoltenberg apologiz

Turkey is pulling 40 soldiers out of a NATO exercise in Norway, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, after his name appeared in a list of enemies on a poster at the drill, an incident that drew an apology from both the military alliance and Oslo. Turkey has the second largest army in the alliance after the United States, and it borders Syria, Iraq and Iran, lending it great strategic importance for NATO. But the relationship has become increasingly fractious as Ankara drifts away from the alliance and the European Union, alarming the West.

Syrian army, allies take back Albu Kamal from Islamic State

The Syrian army and its allies took complete control over Albu Kamal, Islamic State’s last significant town in Syria, a military news service run by Hezbollah said on Sunday. The army had declared victory over Islamic State in Albu Kamal earlier this month but the jihadists then staged a counter-attack using sleeper cells hidden in the town. Driving Islamic State from Albu Kamal means only a few villages along the Euphrates and patches of nearby desert, as well as isolated pockets in other parts of the country, remain in Syria of the caliphate it declared in 2014.

Deep in Yemen war, Saudi fight against Iran falters

At a hospital in the Yemeni city of Marib, demand for artificial limbs from victims of the country’s war is so high that prosthetics are made on site in a special workshop. A soldier with an artificial arm hitches up his robe to reveal a stump where his leg once was. He is angry that authorities have done little to help him since he was wounded. “I was at the front and a mortar exploded near me. We fought well, but now I get no salary, no support from the government or anyone. They just left us,” said Hassan Meigan.

Syria declares victory over Islamic State

Syria’s army declared victory over Islamic State on Thursday, saying its capture of the jihadists’ last town in the country marked the collapse of their project in the region. The army and its allies are still fighting Islamic State in desert areas near Albu Kamal, the last town the militant group had held in Syria, near the border with Iraq, the army said. But the capture of the town ends Islamic State’s era of territorial rule over the so-called caliphate that it proclaimed in 2014 across Iraq and Syria and in which millions suffered under its hardline, repressive strictures.

Iran’s Velayati says east Syria, Idlib to be cleared ‘soon’

The top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader said he expects the Syrian army to soon recapture rebel-held Idlib province, as well as eastern Syria, an area where U.S.-backed militias hold swathes of territory. Iran is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Iranian official, Ali Akbar Velayati, was speaking in Aleppo, from which the Syrian army drove rebels after a siege last year with help from Tehran. The military alliance backing Assad, which also includes Russia and Shi‘ite Muslim militias, has this year focused on the war in central and eastern Syria against Islamic State (IS) militants.

Qatar’s Arms Bonanza

Growing concerns over Iran’s nuclear program and other potential military threats from Tehran have made the Middle East one of the most active arms markets in world. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the Middle East was the second largest market for major arms imports in 2013. A week ago, the small Gulf nation […]