Accession Number : ADD017861

Title :   Unmanned Undersea Weapon Deployment Structure With Cylindrical Payload Deployment System.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application, filed 11 Oct 95,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Hillenbrand, Christopher F

PDF Url : ADD017861

Report Date : 11 Oct 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : An unmanned undersea vehicle system includes a remote controlled, unmanned undersea vehicle and a mother vehicle interconnected by a communication link. The unmanned undersea vehicle includes a weapon compartment and a control means. Within the weapon compartment are a plurality of weapon deployment devices situated about a central core of axisymmetrical shape and made of a positively buoyant material, each weapon deployment device having a weapon canister for carrying a weapon. The weapon deployment devices are pivotable between a retracted position and an extended position. Each weapon canister includes end caps at opposing ends which are discharged when the weapon contained therein is fired to allow seawater to enter. The control means controls the deployment of the weapon by expelling the weapon from the weapon compartment and thereafter controls the firing of the weapon. The buoyancy of the central core of the weapon compartment enhances stability of vehicle motion during deployment and firing of weapons. The mother vehicle generates command information for controlling the control means and receives unmanned undersea vehicle status information from the unmanned undersea vehicle and processes it for use in generating the command information. The communication link interconnects the unmanned undersea vehicle and the mother vehicle to facilitate transfer of command information from the mother vehicle to the unmanned undersea vehicle and to further facilitate transfer of unmanned undersea vehicle status information from the unmanned undersea vehicle to the mother vehicle.

Descriptors :   *UNDERWATER VEHICLES, *PATENT APPLICATIONS, *RADIO LINKS, COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, DEPLOYMENT, PAYLOAD, FIRING MECHANISMS(WEAPON), UNMANNED, CANISTERS, WEAPON DELIVERY, BUOYANCY

Subject Categories : Submarine Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE