Accession Number : ADD009462

Title :   Advanced Air-to-Surface Weapon.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Lawhorn,William S

Report Date : 04 May 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : An unconventional advanced air-to-surface weapon of monowing configuration, and having a symmetrical, high lift fuselage of lenticular (i.e., biconvex or oblate) cross section, with a width-to-thickness fineness of approximately 2.5. The longitudinal profile is modified Sears-Haack in two dimensions, truncated at the base for a rocket nozzle. The weapon comprises a nose portion modular forebody, a weapon payload portion modular midbody, and an aft boattail modular portion which are combined into one unit that is selectively separable into its modular components when used. A variation of this weapon is also taught which features a semi-lenticular fuselage cross section (i.e., one flat side) and a width-to-thickness fineness of approximately 2.1. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Advanced weapons, *Air to surface missiles, *Aerodynamic configurations, Modular construction, Boattail afterbodies, Fuselages, Low drag, Standoff, Maneuverability, Radar cross sections, Rocket engines, Rocket nozzles, Inventions, State of the Art

Subject Categories : Air- and Space-launched Guided Missiles
      Fluid Mechanics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE