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Back Operational Flexibility of Multi-mission Interceptors (HVP)
|Division||Research & Sponsored Programs|
|Department||NPS Naval Research Program|
Beery, Paul T.
Paulo, Eugene P.
|Sponsor||NPS Naval Research Program (Navy)|
|Summary||Current Navy weapons are tuned for specific warfare missions. For example, an anti-air missile is not used for strike missions, and a Tomahawk cruise missile, while an excellent strike weapon, is not fired against incoming cruise missiles. The choice of weapons mix and magazine size must occur before leaving port, and because of at-sea replenishment challenges, the ship is challenged if it is required to change its mission or immediately conduct a different subsequent mission with its current load of weapons. A potential solution is the Hypervelocity Projectile (HVP), as it supports anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, and strike missions. The deep magazines inherent to gun systems with multi-mission projectiles allow the warfighter to leave port without choosing a mission-specific weapons magazine mix. HVP can be fired from either the 5-inch Navy gun or the future Railgun. The Railgun system will increase range and intercept flexibility by adding both speed and variable launch velocities to HVP. Using systems engineering and architecting, our study will quantify the operational, or mission, flexibility inherent in a multi-mission HVP system and compare the capability of the HVP fired from the 5-inch gun and the Railgun to other weapon systems capabilities and munitions loads.|
|Keywords||Hypervelocity projectiles Railgun multi-mission interceptors operational flexibility|
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