Accession Number : ADD018686

Title :   Air-Delivered Ordnance Explosive Mine and Obstacle Clearance Method

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 25 Jan 96, patented 26 Aug 97

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Garcia, Felipe A ; Woodall, Robert C , Jr

Report Date : 26 Aug 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : A method for air delivery of ordnance and clearing of explosive mines and obstacles from a navigable sea channel includes the step of providing quantities of ordnance adapted to survive impact with land and sea and prolonged immersion in sea water and to arm in response to air flow pressure and then detonate in response to receiving a preselected signal transmitted to the ordnance from a standoff location. The method also includes the step of delivering the quantities of ordnance through the air toward multiple sites in a navigable sea channel having obstacles and explosive mines therein so as to cause arming of the quantities of ordnance followed by impact thereof with the navigable sea channel and submersion and emplacement thereof at the multiple sites in the navigable sea channel. The air delivery method further includes the step of transmitting the preselected signal to and receiving the preselected signal by the emplaced quantities of armed ordnance so as to cause detonation thereof and the synergistic simultaneous destruction of the obstacles and explosive mines contained in the navigable sea channel. The method also preferably includes the step of marking an amphibious path through the cleared navigable sea channel.

Descriptors :   *MINE CLEARANCE, *AERIAL DELIVERY, *PATENTS, AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS, CHANNELS(WATERWAYS), NAVIGATION REFERENCE, SURFACE NAVIGATION, UNDERWATER MINES, MINE NEUTRALIZATION, COUNTERMINING, STANDOFF MISSILES

Subject Categories : Underwater and Marine Navigation and Guidance
      Underwater Ordnance

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE