Hypersonic Weapons Testing Faces a Big Problem: Killer Whales

Washington State officials say that planned firings of the new Hyper Velocity Projectile will harass killer whales, a federally protected marine mammal.

Washington State officials want the U.S. Navy to modify a training program predicted to cause harm to killer whales and other marine mammals living in the Puget Sound area. The Navy plans to test a variety of weapons along the West Coast during a seven-year period, including what the The Seattle Times describes as a “projectile” flying at “seven times the speed of sound.” This is undoubtedly the Navy's new Hyper Velocity Projectile, a hypersonic weapon designed to bombard enemy territory and shoot down enemy missiles.

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