Hypervelocity Projectile Program
The Hypervelocity Projectile (HVP) program is a next generation, common, low-drag, guided projectile capable of completing multiple missions for gun systems such as the Navy 5-Inch, 155-mm and future railguns. The program's goal is to address mission requirements in the areas of naval surface fire support, cruise missile defense, anti-surface warfare and other future naval mission areas. HVP’s low-drag aerodynamic design enables high-velocity, maneuverability and decreased time-to-target. Coupled with accurate guidance electronics, these attributes provide low-cost mission effectiveness against current threats and the ability to adapt to air and surface threats of the future.
The high-velocity, compact design relieves the need for a rocket motor to extend gun range. Firing smaller, more accurate rounds improves danger close/collateral damage requirements and provides potential for deeper magazines and improved shipboard safety.
The HVP is configurable for various mission roles and gun systems through the use of multiple integrated launch package components coupled with a modular, common airframe. A hypervelocity projectile for multiple systems will allow for future technology growth while reducing development, production and total ownership costs.
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