Accession Number : ADD008222

Title :   Fire Control Mechanism.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Carlson,Donald J ; Neumeyer,Martin J ; O'Rourke,Glenn ; Waid,Roger K

Report Date : 22 Sep 1980

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : A TOW (Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided) missile system is mounted on a combat vehicle turret for greater combat effectiveness. Before the missile is launched, the gunner keeps the target in his sights in azimuth by powering the turret through a movable sight to which the turret is slaved by a lock mechanism. Missile launch energizes certain electrical devices which unlock the mechanism to make sight movement independent of the turret, open the turret drive motor power switch, and set a brake on the motor which locks the turret against movement to provide a stable platform for tracking the target during missile flight. After a preset time to allow for on-target impact, the devices are automatically reset and the turret drive is again slaved to the sight in azimuth. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patent applications, *Optical sights, *Guided missile launchers, *Tank turrets, *Fire control systems, Inventions, Interfaces, Locking(Mechanics), Release mechanisms, Gunners, Man machine systems, Stabilized platforms, Combat vehicles

Subject Categories : Guided Missile Launching and Basing Support
      Combat Vehicles
      Fire Control and Bombing Systems
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE