Accession Number : ADD006626

Title :   Time Delay Computer for Ordnance Fuse.

Descriptive Note : Patent,


Personal Author(s) : Ramos ,Edward ; Cuneo,Joseph V

Report Date : 05 Dec 1978

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : This invention relates generally to fuzes for guided missiles and more particularly to a system for insuring the detonation of a missile at an optimum damage-causing position with respect to a target. The vast majority of fuzes for guided missiles are of the type wherein a microwave antenna emits a conical radiation pattern at some fixed angle with respect to the missile. Detonation of the missile warhead occurs when a target, such an enemy airplane, intercepts the radiation pattern. Of course, such fuzes must be sensitive to an interception only within the destructive capability range of the warhead. It has been found, however, that the full destructive potentiality of the above described fuzes has not been realized, because the burst would usually occur at an extremity of the target, rather than at its most vulnerable sector, such as the fuselage-wing intersection. A complicating aspect of this problem is the fact that the missile can approach the target at a variety of attitudes and with any relative velocity so that no fixed time delay or the like can be utilized to effect a solution to the problem of most effectively detonating the warhead.

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Delay circuits, *Proximity fuzes, *Guided missile fuzes, Antiaircraft missiles, Aerial targets, Velocity, Guided missile warheads, Detonations, Optimization, Computers, Firing circuits

Subject Categories : Guided Missiles
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE