Apparently, that’s seven times the speed of sound. According to a CNN report:
The projectile weighs around 25 pounds and travels more than 5,000 miles per hour. It would be like going from San Diego to San Francisco in one minute…
Navy officials compare its power to the impact of a freight train traveling 100-miles per hour into a building…
it can go as estimated 50 to 100 nautical miles.
From an April 2014 article in the New York Daily News:
“When it’s fired it goes from zero to 5,000 mph in the span of 1/100th of a second”…
The Navy has already tested the explosive equipment on land for years but plans to fire up seaside trials in 2016.
“Your magazine never runs out, you just keep shooting, and that’s compelling,” Klunder told Reuters.
At $25,000 a pop, the 23-pound projectiles are much cheaper than normal missiles which can run from $500,000 to $1.5 million.
There’s something seriously wrong with the opinion that $25,000 a pop is cheap. Check out this $25,000 photo-op:
I find it strangely comforting to know that the U.S. government can kill me before I even know it’s coming. It’s SWAT raids, FEMA camps, and obamacare that are truly terrifying.