In the vast, unforgiving sea where the game of power is played with steely resolve, the United States Navy is gearing up to change the rules entirely.

The USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000), a beast of a guided-missile destroyer, is on the brink of being armed with a hypersonic missile system so advanced it blurs the line between science fiction and brutal maritime reality.

The Dawn of a New Era: Preparing for Hypersonic Might

Lockheed Martin, the defense giant, has thrown down the gauntlet with its promise of flight tests for this ship-based launcher of high-speed destruction by 2024.

The USS Zumwalt, with its silhouette that whispers death and technology that screams the future, is undergoing a transformation at HII’s shipyard in Mississippi that’ll make her the envy of friend and foe alike.