An MQ-1 Predator drone fires a Hellfire missile in this undated photo (U.S. Air Force photo)

The Pentagon's secretive R9X Hellfire missile may be more akin to a meteor full of swords than a traditional munition, but that doesn't mean it's any less effective.

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An MQ-1 Predator drone fires a Hellfire missile in this undated photo (U.S. Air Force)

In a joint effort to reduce the potential for civilian casualties resulting from U.S. air strikes, the Defense Department and Central Intelligence Agency have reportedly developed a specialized variant of the ubiquitous Hellfire missile that can best be described a 100-pound flying switchblade.

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