Killing Iran's top nuclear scientist

Report: Mossad assassinates Iran's top nuclear scientist by remote-controlled gun

An AI-powered, remote-controlled machine gun

An AI-powered, remote-controlled machine gun

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For 14 years, the "father" of Iran's nuclear weapons program was on Israel's assassination list. The Mossad eventually manages to assassinate Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on November 27, 2020, ten years after a botched attempt.


What is their preferred weapon? According to a story in The New York Times, a remote-controlled machine gun that required no on-site agents and used powerful artificial intelligence technology.


According to The New York Times, the deadly weapon was a unique type of a Belgian-made FN MAG machine pistol that was linked to an advanced robotic device.

According to intelligence experts, it weighed around a ton and was operated by Mossad officers outside of Iran, assuring the protection of Israeli agents.



According to The New York Times, the weapon was smuggled into Iran piece by piece and surreptitiously built in time for the strike.

The Mossad has been following Fakhrizadeh since 2007, according to The New York Times, and after meetings with former President Donald Trump and high-ranking US officials, the Israeli national intelligence organization reportedly put preparations in action to assassinate him in late 2019.


Fakhrizadeh was a key target because Israeli intelligence agencies claimed he was in charge of Iran's nuclear weapons program.

According to The Times, Israelis contemplated a range of techniques to assassinate Fakhrizadeh, including detonating a bomb near his armed escort, forcing him to halt, and attacking him with snipers. The proposal was put on hold.


Instead, the idea of a remote-controlled machine gun was proposed. According to the New York Times, the electronic weapon was mounted atop an abandoned-looking pickup truck equipped with cameras and explosives. It was planted by Iranian agents working with the Mossad at a key intersection on Fakhrizadeh's way to his country residence.

Mossad operators outside of Iran utilized the cameras to positively identify Fakhrizadeh's vehicle when it arrived at the intersection in November 2020, and then unleashed a hail of shots from the remote-controlled machine gun.


According to The New York Times, he got out of his car and was wounded by three more bullets that "tore through his spine." His bodyguards were said to be perplexed since they couldn't spot an evident assailant.

According to the publication, the kill took less than 60 seconds and merely harmed Fakhrizadeh.



The explosives aboard the pickup truck were designed to completely destroy the machine gun, but it survived mostly intact.

As a result, according to The New York Times, Iran's Revolutionary Guards were able to properly determine that the attack was carried out by a remote-controlled machine gun "fitted with an intelligent satellite system" that used artificial intelligence.