Accession Number : ADD015429

Title :   Underwater Weapon Dispenser.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 18 May 77, patented 31 Dec 91,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Seiple, Ronald L

Report Date : 31 Dec 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : The invention is an underwater weapon dispenser for delivering weapons to a location which is remote from a water vehicle. The dispenser includes at least one pod which is capable of receiving at least one weapon system, such as torpedo or mines. The pod is hydrodynamically shaped and is slightly negatively buoyant. The pod has at least one hydrofoil so that the pod will assume a glide path in the water. Provision is made for releasably attaching the pod with its weapon to the water vehicle so that the pod can be released from the water vehicle to assume a downward glide angle path. The pod is provided with a releasable anchor which, upon release, anchors the now buoyant pod at a predetermined depth. With this arrangement, pods can be attached to the bottom hull portion of a surface vessel or a submarine for delivering the pods with their weapons to the bottom of the ocean, after which the weapons can be removed for accomplishing their intended purposes.

Descriptors :   *PATENTS, *MINELAYING EQUIPMENT, *WEAPON DELIVERY, ANCHORS, ANGLES, BOTTOM, DEPTH, DISPENSERS, HYDROFOILS, INVENTIONS, OCEANS, RELEASE, SUBMARINES, SURFACES, TORPEDOES, UNDERWATER, WATER, WEAPON SYSTEMS, HYDRODYNAMIC CONFIGURATIONS, EXTERNAL STORES

Subject Categories : Submarine Engineering
      Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE