A self propelled Howitzer will be launched from an aircraft carrier at sea in April 2018 and propelled by gasoline to a point of landing, a US Navy official said on Wednesday.
The Navy said the Navy’s latest development, the M/V-22 Osprey, is a “first-of-its-kind” self-propulsion helicopter and could one day replace the Navy and Marine Corps’ current fleet of amphibious ships.
The Ospreys can fly at up to 25 knots (39.9 km/h), cruise at up of 3,200 miles per hour (5,400 km/hr), and reach speeds of up to 200 knots (322 km/hl).
They are equipped with an unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, which uses radar and video sensors to pinpoint and target enemy targets.
The UAV also can launch torpedoes, cruise missiles, and mines.
The USS Fitzgerald was hit by a missile from North Korea on March 16, a week after President Donald Trump ordered a missile strike against the country’s leader Kim Jong Un’s military headquarters in Pyongyang.
The Pentagon has been criticized for its lack of response to the North Korean missile launch, which came as US troops were preparing to leave South Korea for their final deployment to the region.
The USS Fitzgerald has not been damaged.