A Hellfire missile with sensitive US technology somehow ended up in Cuba
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As relations between the US and Cuba have thawed over the last year, the US has simultaneously been trying to get the missile back and determine how exactly it got to Cuba."Did someone take a bribe to send it somewhere else? Was it an intelligence operation, or just a series of mistakes? That's what we've been trying to figure out," one US official told the Wall Street Journal
What is known is that Lockheed Martin sent the missile to Europe for a NATO training exercise after getting permission from the State Department. The missile was clearly marked as being subject to intense customs controls.From Lockheed Martin, it went to Spain. After that, the missile inexplicably began to travel around Europe before ending up in Germany.By the time officials realized the missile was missing, it was on an Air France flight to Havana.
The Hellfire missile is an air-to-ground, anti-armor projectile that relies on radar sensor technology, an update on laser-guided models of the past. US attack helicopters equipped with Hellfire missiles have been a mainstay in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Not only has the US sanctioned Cuba, but US arms dealers are also prohibited from selling to Cuba under the Arms Export Control Act.
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