Accession Number : ADD013634

Title :   Extendable Rail Weapon Launcher.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 1 Dec 86, patented 15 Mar 88,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Steinmetz, Harold F

Report Date : 15 Mar 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : An extendable and retractable weapon launch system for an aircraft is described which comprises a rack providing four point support for a launchable weapon and being movable between a stored position wherein the weapon is flush against the aircraft and an extended position wherein the weapon is deployed for launch, a pair of parallel slots defined along respective first and second sides of the rack, at least two lugs slidably received by each slot for attachment to the weapon and four point support thereof, first and second pairs of links of respective preselected lengths pivotally connecting respective forward and rearward ends of the rack to the aircraft, the respective lengths of the links selected to provide a preselected degree of inclination of the extended rack relative to the aircraft, and a hydraulic actuator for moving the rack between stored and extended positions. A spring loaded bar having along its length shape corresponding to that of the slots may be disposed near each slot to fill each slot upon removal of the lugs as upon launch of the weapon. A lug storage and attachment housing and mechanism interconnecting each lug and the weapon may be included to pivot the lug from an exposed position to a stored position upon launch of the weapon.

Descriptors :   *PATENTS, *EXTENDABLE STRUCTURES, *LAUNCHERS, *STORAGE RACKS, ATTACHMENT, EXPOSURE(GENERAL), HOUSING(DWELLINGS), HYDRAULIC ACTUATORS, LAUNCHING, LENGTH, LUGS, PARALLEL ORIENTATION, RAILS, REMOVAL, RETRACTABLE, SHAPE, SLOPE, SLOTS, SPRINGS, WEAPON SYSTEMS, WEAPONS, CONFORMAL STRUCTURES, AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT

Subject Categories : Couplers, Fasteners, and Joints

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE