Washington: The Hyper Velocity Projectile (HVP) is a next-generation, common, low drag, and guided projectile capable of executing multiple missions for a number of gun systems.
A long-range hypervelocity projectile (HVP) is slated to be installed on US Navy warships, according to a Scout Warrior report. The weapon will train its crosshairs on drones, sea vessels, missiles and submarines.
The Hyper Velocity Projectile (HVP) is a next-generation, common, low drag, guided projectile capable of executing multiple missions for a number of gun systems.
The weapon will fire at a rate of 10 rounds per minute and each round will travel at speeds as high as 5,600 miles per hour. It’s not the quite as fast as the speed of light—186,000 miles per second—but it easily outpaces the fastest bullets in existence today, which travel around 1,800 miles per hour.
The gun will also be used against hostile long-range targets. Efforts to modernize naval warfare were emphasized during former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s commencement speech to US Naval Academy graduates in 2015.
Carter said the force was working on new operations “using flocks of swarming drones for several different missions, adapting our Tomahawk missiles to be used against moving targets in a maritime environment, and using smart projectiles that can be fired from a destroyer’s five-inch gun to defeat incoming missiles,” at the event in Annapolis.