The most technologically advanced murder of the 21st century: a robot with artificial intelligence shot Mohsen Fakhrizadeh with a machine gun

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The New York Times published a new sensational article by the Israeli intelligence historian Ronen Bergman about the unprecedented operation of the Israeli intelligence service Mossad to eliminate the head of Iran’s nuclear program, General of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

The article comes after an interview given in June by Yossi Cohen, director of Mossad, in June 2015-21. On Mossad’s involvement in the liquidation, Cohen said: “If a person poses a threat to the citizens of Israel, then he must cease to exist.”

Bergman has now posted the details.

So, on November 27, 2020, in the town of Absurd, near the capital of Tehran, Iran, an attempt was made on Fakhrizada, when he, accompanied by three security vehicles, was driving his car with his wife.

The operation, according to Bergman, was sanctioned at the highest level – by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump. The CIA assisted Mossad in carrying out the operation.

In preparing for the operation, the Mossad had to solve the following problems:

  1. An unexpected attack on Fakhrizada could only be made on the road while driving in a car. In recent years, the Israelis have destroyed 16 Iranian nuclear workers with the help of surprise attacks by motorcyclists at close range, detonation of guided bombs, and poisoning. But Fakhrizade’s protection in crowded places was effective, and such a scenario with him was excluded.
  2. When moving in a car at speed, it was difficult to identify the target, to make sure that it was him. In Israel, flying drones were used for this, but in the center of Iran this was impossible – an aerial object could be detected, the guards would receive a signal of an attack. For the same reason, it was impossible to target missiles or bombs from other drones and aircraft.
  3. The liquidation had to be targeted in order to avoid a large number of innocent victims, which would lead to negative political consequences and complications in relations with the Muslim countries of the Middle East, with which Israel is actively trading, so the scenario of laying a powerful land mine on the way was inapplicable. We had to use small arms and be sure. The use of snipers was very risky, since it was necessary to throw special forces into the center of a hostile country, the risk of detection and death of soldiers before or after the attack was too great.
  4. Remote firing from a machine gun from the control center for 1000 miles gave a delay in transmitting the signal to the operator up to 1.6 seconds. During this time, it was impossible to guarantee hitting the target, which was in a moving vehicle that could maneuver, change the speed.

However, Israel has used all of its military technology to do what previously seemed impossible.

Was purchased, according to the article, allegedly a Belgian-made FN-MAG 7.62 mm machine gun mounted on a remote-controlled machine, which, as Bergman wrote, is similar to the Sentinel-20 model of the Spanish company Eskribano. (So ​​in Bergman’s article, but in fact, here he messed up. In the photo he showed another model of the machine, this is not Sentinel-2.0, a heavy bulky machine:

A light turret for shooting from Eskribano is more likely to be the Guardian 2.0, if the manufacturer was named correctly:

In any case, all the parts were inconspicuously transported to the territory of Iran and mounted on site in the back of a pickup truck.

The turret received an electronic fire control system with artificial intelligence. The article does not describe exactly the principle of firing, but it is obvious that the AI ​​allows the robot to calculate the trajectory of the target and fire at the operator’s command on its own. That is, the operator marks the target, confirms the identification, and the electronic sight solves the problem of fire damage.

and artificial intelligence. It itself calculates the lead, speed, accompanies the target and fires.

Artificial intelligence made it possible to solve the problem of signal delay – a person entrusted it to a robot.

Now it was necessary to determine when and how Fakhrizadeh would go. After all, if he is inside a closed car, then he cannot be recognized there. Bergman does not write about this, but it is obvious that the Mossad had an agent surrounded by Fakhrizade, who gave information about the timetable and route of the target – a speech at the university near Tehran through the cities of Absard.

The Mossad solved the identification problem in a very ingenious way.

At the intersection where the nuclear motorcade was supposed to pass, they were supposed to slow down, and at this point the Israeli agents set up another car on the side of the road, from which the wheel was removed and the car was mounted on a jack. There was a camera for recognizing targets in approaching cars.

Thus, the command center of the Mossad received data in advance about the presence of a target in the cortege.

Further, the motorcade could not accelerate, it had to slow down in front of the speed bump. Here an ambush was set up – a pickup truck with a disguised machine gun in the back.

At about 3.30 pm on November 27, the convoy left for the ambush site.

Fakhrizadeh himself was driving his personal unarmored car, his wife was sitting next to him. One security car went in front, two went behind.

At that moment, the operator received confirmation from the surveillance cameras that the target was driving and gave the command to open fire.

The first round from a machine gun was given over the hood. Obviously, the operator decided to stop the car first. There is no evidence that Fakhrizadeh was wounded by this burst, but the car slowed down. The second round of three bullets was fired on the glass in the driver’s seat. Fakhrizadeh was wounded in the shoulder, which was not fatal. He got out of the car and was covered by a door, and then the third round followed – three bullets broke his spine. The Iranian fell, it was a fatal wound.

Interestingly, having the ability to riddle the target, the operator did not fire additional shots. Having received a clear confirmation of the liquidation from the cameras, the operator remotely blew up the liquidator robot.

Mossad agents left Iran before shots were fired and exits were blocked. The Iranians were unable to detain a single participant in the operation. The robot allowed the Mossad operators to efficiently complete the most difficult task without any risk to their personnel.

By the way, despite the explosion of the car, the Iranians were able to find many parts of the robot.

This operation clearly shows that on the battlefield of the future, ground and air robots will play a key role, which have the ability to recognize targets higher than the human eye, and make calculations for shooting faster than any sniper.

At the same time, it is obvious that no robot can completely replace a person in war. Planning, tactics, responding to changes in the situation, calculating risks – all this in the wars of the future will have to be done by people. The one who better than the enemy knows how to combine the intelligence of warriors and the intelligence of robots will have a key advantage on the battlefield of the 21st century.

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