CAV-X - Supercavitating Ammunition
CAV-X Small Arms Ammunition.
Designed to satisfy the operational requirements of combat divers, this ammunition can be used by underwater reconnaissance and/or demolitions teams to engage enemy combatants from covered positions while under the water, thereby allowing operators to maintain the element of surprise by negating any requirement to breach the surface.
Depending on the weapon and the used loading variant, the cav-x ammunition is suitable for use in partial or fully submerged weapons, regardless of if the target is in water or on the surface. Due to the unconventional shape and significant mass, this round oﬀers great penetration capability against multi-layer structures. This shape is also very effective against targets with fibre structure or mud, even when covered by sand.
CAV-X ammunition, also referred to as Multi-Environment Ammunition (MEA), has been designed in two loading variants, comprising A2 and X2 loads.
The A2 load is designed to be fired into the water from the surface or air, thereby allowing SOF operators on board rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) for example, to engage enemy combat divers, unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) or swimmer delivery vehicles (SDVs). Another beneficial effect is that the projectiles does not ricochet of the water when hitting the water surface above 5° angle.
Meanwhile, the X2 load has been designed to be fired by combat divers already underwater, allowing them to neutralise enemy sentries while maintaining the clandestine nature of an operation. Due to the unconventional shape and significant mass, this round oﬀer great penetration capability against Multi-Layer Structures and spherical shapes.