NYT Confirms Israel Killed an Iranian Nuclear Scientist With a Robot Sniper

Israeli operators remotely controlled the AI-assisted weapon via a computer.
Artificial Intelligence Assassination

According to The New York Times, Iran's top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh died in a remote Israeli-controlled sniper rifle.

This is the Iran Revolutionary Guards' account of the November 27, 2020 events. They claimed that a smart-satellite-controlled machine gun had killed Fakhrizadeh as he drove his wife to Tehran, their country east. Fakhrizadeh was at least four shots by the smart gun, which was concealed in a nearby pickup truck. His wife was not physically injured.

Smart Gun

According to the NYT, the gun and its sophisticated robotic apparatus weighed in at around a tonne. Israeli agents smuggled the weapon along with its parts into Iran, before reassembling it.

To give Israeli operatives a complete view of the surrounding area, the entire system was placed in the bed of a pickup truck. To destroy any evidence or compromises, the truck was also loaded with explosives.



Through a satellite communication relay, the gun was connected directly to an Israeli command centre. An operative was able control the gun via satellite communication relay and aim at the target using a computer monitor.

To compensate for Fakhrizadeh's car movement and the 1.6 second delay in between what the camera saw and what the operator saw, an AI was created. To ensure that the rifle would only target the Iranian scientist, a facial recognition software was used. This saved his wife's life.

Modern Warfare

The pickup truck did explode after the assassination but it didn't destroy the smart rifle system beyond what was visible. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard was able to reconstruct the events and shed light on modern warfare.

According to Hamed Fakhrizadeh, a scientist son, it was more than a terrorist attack where someone would just come firing a shot and run. His assassination was more complex than you think. While he was not known by the Iranian public, he was well-known to those who oppose Iran's development.



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