US Army soldiers are wearing their helmets in this file photo taken April 16, 2010 in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
The Army says it’s working on a new bullet that will travel much faster than the .30-caliber bullets that have been used for decades.
The military says it is also working on bullet that can penetrate up to six inches of solid steel, or up to three inches of aluminum, making it one of the most effective military bullets ever tested.
The new bullet, called the 5.56mm APFSDS, is being developed by Ballistics Research Laboratory, a division of Raytheon Co., which is working on other high-velocity bullets.
The company said in a news release that the APFSSS bullet is capable of traveling at up to 6.65 mph (11.1 km/h), which is more than six times the speed of sound.
A company statement did not mention the speed at which the new bullet can travel.
The test was done in a tank near the test range, and the new round has not yet been fired.
The APFSED was introduced in 2015 and has been tested on tanks, aircraft and armored vehicles.
The agency that oversees the Army’s armaments research and development program said the Army will conduct a range of tests to determine the new ammunition’s capabilities.
It said the new ammo could potentially save lives and prevent the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people from bullet injuries.
The Pentagon is developing a new high-tech bullet that has the potential to kill up to 5,000 soldiers a day, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.
In addition to its use in the military, the new weapon is being tested in the civilian market.
The Defense Department also is developing new ammunition that is expected to be available by 2025, according to a report published Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The government has been working on the new APFS-S bullet for years, but its development has been slowed by problems with the new military-grade bullet.
The bullet, which uses a new technology called “superarmor piercing,” was developed to increase the penetration of armor and protect soldiers against high-caliber rounds.
APFSs are made by Ballistix, a military contractor, but it has a number of other problems with them.
In the latest report, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, estimated the bullet’s performance against a .50-caliber rifle would be around 2,400 to 2,800 times that of the APDS-S.
The report did not say how many rounds the bullet would have to penetrate to be able to kill an average person, but the report estimated the new technology could penetrate up and three inches (7 mm) of steel at a range up to 500 yards (310 meters) with a 10- to 20-round magazine.
A .50 caliber rifle has a maximum range of up to 2.5 miles (3.4 kilometers) with 10 to 20 rounds in a magazine.