Accession Number : ADD008090

Title :   Towable Pod Assembly for Protectively Disabling Incoming Torpedoes.

Descriptive Note : Patent,Filed 1 Sep 78, patented 4 Nov 80,


Personal Author(s) : Longerich,Ernest P

Report Date : 04 Nov 1980

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : A coaxial strain cable tows a tube-like net-containing pod behind a ship. Sensors on the pod carried beneath the ships wake detect incoming torpedoes and supply detection data via the coaxial cable to a shipboard processor. Processor commands return via the cable to a pod motor to drive rudders and maneuver the pod into the torpedo path. Drogue and main parachutes packed in the pod are released into the path by other cable-carried commands. Power for the motors and a 'chute release mechanism also is supplied through a cable. The main 'chute is formed of a low drag aramid fiber mesh strong enough to arrest the torpedo. Preferably, explosives carried by the 'chute destroy it. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Ship defense systems, Torpedoes, Interception, Nets, Towed bodies, Coaxial cables, Torpedo detection, External stores, Remote control, Shipboard, Parachutes, Underwater, Torpedo countermeasures

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE