The US Office of Naval Research says that it has successfully tested a new type of explosive material that can dramatically increase weapons' impacts.
Missiles made from the high density substance can explode with up to five times the energy of existing armaments.
The material mixes metals and polymers and is said to be as dense as steel but have the strength of aluminum.
US Navy scientists say that projectiles made from the new compound are less likely to kill innocent bystanders.
Missiles, artillery shells and other military munitions are normally constructed with a steel casing that simply contains the high explosives within.
This new approach from the US Office of Naval Research replaces the inert casing with High-Density Reactive Materials (HDRM) that combine and explode only when the projectile hits the target.