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Tech & Science The US military is testing water-penetrating bullets, reportedly so Navy SEALs can shoot from underwater

00:41  10 december  2019
00:41  10 december  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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If the bullet is shot from an angle of 30 Degrees, then being underwater in the range of 3-5 feet (0.9-1.5 meters) can ensure safety from most guns. It’s just that we have become so used to it that we no longer feel this resistance as strongly as we feel the resistance of water while swimming.

After entering the water , the bullet will continue its original trajectory. The user when aiming the gun needs to compensate for the refractive index of the water The Lancejet (an underwater variant of the Gyrojet manufactured by MB Associates) was once considered for use by the United States military

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  • Bullets that can shoot from underwater are being tested by the US Department of Defence's Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office.
  • They work by creating a gas bubble around the tip of the bullet, reducing drag when a bullet is shot through water. Typical bullets can travel just a few feet through the water before they're slowed to a stop.
  • CAV-X bullets can reportedly travel 60 meters underwater, and can go through 2 centimeters of steel fired from 17 meters away, indicating that it could even be used to penetrate submarines.
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A new weapon being tested by the US military could give special operators a more lethal edge by allowing them to shoot underwater, according to Defence One.

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That makes it difficult to predict where a bullet will land. Back in Texas, Representative Martinez sought to keep others from being hit by falling bullets , by introducing legislation raising the penalties for discharging a firearm So far, he hasn't been successful, but he reportedly plans to try again in 2019.

The bullets are designed to provide excellent penetration even at low angles. At Navy League Air Sea Space, the DSG team showcased a plate to demonstrate These bullets could also be useful in the reverse as in shooting from underwater at a target above water . Teams could stealthily approach a

The bullets, manufactured by DSG Technologies, are tipped with tungsten and create an gas bubble to allow the bullet to move rapidly through the water. Ordinary bullets don't have this supercavitating effect, which means they move much more slowly through water.

While ordinary bullets can travel about half a mile per minute, that speed quickly slows to a complete stop when the bullet travels through denser materials like water.

According to DSG Technologies, "Depending on the weapon and the used loading variant, this ammunition is suitable for use in partial or fully submerged weapons, regardless of if the target is in water or on the surface."

A press officer with US Special Operations Command told Insider that the bullets were being tested by the Office of the Secretary of Defence's Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO). CTTSO confirmed to Insider that it is testing supercavitating ammunition, but declined to answer questions about whether Special Forces communities have been involved in the testing, or whether DSG Technologies is the company that provides the ammunition for testing.

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Still underwater , they slide back the top canopy of their vessel and swim the last stretch to the beach under It can be as compact as needed, sized to fit just one Navy SEAL or as many as six. The vessel, which is not currently used by the US Navy , can be deployed from a NATO-standard 533mm

The average member of the United States Navy 's Sea, Air, Land Teams ( SEALs ) spends Those unable to pass the final test are removed from the SEAL training pipeline and reclassified into SEAL Troop (TRP) Training. US Navy SEALs demonstrate VBSS techniques for the 2004 Joint Civilian

DSG told Defence News that its ammunition is undergoing several tests with the military, including tests in which the bullets are fired from underwater up to the surface.

Odd Leonhardsen, DSG's chief science officer, also told Defence One that DSG is selling the bullets to governments around the world, but did not specify where - although he did mention that those countries were testing the bullets by firing them from a helicopter into water.

According to Defence One, .50 calibre CAV-X bullets can travel 60 meters underwater, and can go through 2 centimeters of steel fired from 17 meters away, indicating that it could be used to penetrate submarines.

How the bullets actually create the gas bubble is unclear,Popular Mechanics reports, but they could somehow harness the gasses created from the gunpowder when the bullet is fired. Popular Mechanics also reports that the bullets are being developed to be compatible with existing weapons, indicating that bullets can be used in and out of the water.

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