The U.S. Navy’s latest innovation comes in the form of a 23-pound projectile that can fly at seven times the speed of sound, and it will be ready for testing at sea by 2016.
That’s fast enough to travel from New York City’s Empire State Building to Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell in 180 seconds. The projectile can punch through three walls of reinforced concrete and annihilate just about anything it smashes into. It moves so quickly, in fact, that it doesn’t require a triggered explosion on impact; its sheer force is enough to destroy its targets.
Chris Johnson, a spokesperson for Naval Sea Systems Command, told Mashable these recently revealed projectiles will hopefully be able to hit incoming missiles, overhead planes, other sea vessels and targets on land. The small projectiles come equipped with a navigation system that will let them hone in on incoming rockets and vanquish them before any damage is done.