A Hellfire missile in Cuba has been returned to the United States. The air-to-ground missile was used by NATO during maneuvers in Europe, but ended up on the island by mistake, according to Latino FOX News.
In June 2014, customs discovered at the airport in Havana a rocket with a laser guided AGM 114 Hellfire in Cuba on a commercial flight from Paris.
Once the United States officially announced its interest to recover the missile, the Cuban government “conveyed the decision to return it and diplomatic efforts began to make possible the delivery,” said an official note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A team of experts from the US government and Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the Hellfire missile in Cuba, traveled to the island to check its condition and on Saturday returned to the United States with the missile.
“Cuba acted with professionalism and transparency, and cooperated to find a satisfactory solution to this event,” stated the official text.
In early 2014, the missile was sent to Spain by Lockheed Martin to be used by the North Atlantic Treaty Organizaiton (NATO) in military maneuvers.
“We can say without speaking to specifics that the inert training missile has been returned with the cooperation of the Cuban government,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement. “The re-establishment of diplomatic relations and the reopening of our embassy in Havana allow us to engage with the Cuban government on issues of mutual interest.”
The missile in Cuba is often used on the Apache attack helicopters or on drones like the Predator, used to destroy tanks.
After its use it Europe the missile was supposed to be returned to the United States but never arrived.
Investigations by the US authorities determined that the Hellfire missile in Cuba was sent by mistake by the airline Air France which took it to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, where it was shipped on a flight to Cuba.