Accession Number : ADD007205

Title :   Underwater Cable Cutting Device,

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Drimmer,Bernard E ; Moffett,Everett L

Report Date : 29 Jan 1980

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : This invention relates to a device for destroying a sweep wire or cable of the type generally employed for sweeping a mine field clear of mines. More specifically, the invention relates to an anti-sweep device of the submersible type adapted to be moored by a suitable length of cable in a predetermined position beneath the surface of a body of water within the path of travel of a sweep wire in which a special shaped explosive charge contained within the device is exploded in response to the engagement of the device by a sweep wire, the shaped charge being sufficiently large and formed in such a manner as to provide a shaped jet about the sweep wire when detonated whereupon the cable is severed in response thereto.

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Cables, *Towing cables, Mechanical cables, Countercountermeasures, Underwater cutting, Minesweeping, Countermeasures, Shaped charges, Mine clearance

Subject Categories : Underwater Ordnance

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE