Flare Patents (Class 102/336)
  • Patent number: 10267606
    Abstract: A pyrotechnic projectile including an aerial shell, the aerial shell including at least one combustible layer of material; the at least one layer surrounding and containing at least one pyrotechnic effect and a dispersive explosive charge; the at least one combustible layer including a combustible material configured to burn substantially throughout the at least one layer; and wherein the at least one combustible layer is configured to burn through a thickness at a preselected rate to thereby ignite the dispersive explosive charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: DMD Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Darren Naud, John David Thomas
  • Patent number: 10030946
    Abstract: A fireworks aerial display shell is provided with lift charges positioned at opposite ends of a casing that additionally contains an effects charge. Fuses are operatively associated with the lift charges and the effects charge in a manner to ignite the lift charges a period of time before igniting the effects charge. When either one of the ends of the casing is placed facing a closed bottom of a launch tube of a reusable mortar, the burning lift charge at that end of the casing when ignited exerts a propelling force to propel the aerial display shell upwardly out of the launch tube to an intended height before the effects charge is ignited to create a pyrotechnic visual effects display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Jake's Fireworks Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Marietta
  • Patent number: 9874426
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods including a bullet; a retroreflector array adhered to a base of the bullet, the retroreflector array having prism facets with a periodicity between 0.2 mm-2.0 mm; and a cover disposed over the retroreflector array and hermetically sealed at the base of the bullet; where the cover is disposed over the retroreflector array in a first position prior to firing, and where the cover is released from the base of the bullet in a second position after firing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: TELEDYNE SCIENTIFIC & IMAGING, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Kevin Winker, Brian Wesley Gregory, Milind Mahajan
  • Patent number: 9723677
    Abstract: An aircraft landing light unit includes a plurality of LEDs, an optical system associated with the plurality of LEDs for shaping a light output of the aircraft landing light unit for illuminating an aircraft environment, a control unit for controlling the plurality of LEDs, and a photo detector arranged for detecting light, emitted by the plurality of LEDs, output via the optical system and reflected by atmospheric haze, such as clouds, fog, rain and snow, wherein the control unit is coupled to the photo detector and is configured to control the plurality of LEDs on the basis of the light detected by the photo detector, thereby adjusting the light output of the aircraft landing light unit to the atmospheric haze.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: GOODRICH LIGHTING SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Andre Hessling-Von Heimendahl, Christian Schoen, Anil Kumar Jha
  • Patent number: 9702670
    Abstract: Methods and devices for ejecting a grain assembly from a casing of a flare. Where a combustible material in the casing is ignited to eject the grain assembly and one or more of the following features are provided to the device: imparting a spin on the grain assembly after it is ejected from the casing, stabilizing a flight of the grain assembly or generating a thrust from an aft end of the grain assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: OMNITEK PARTNERS LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S Rastegar, Richard T Murray, Gretel Raibeck, Jay Poret, Brandon Andreola, Andrew Zimmer
  • Patent number: 9500457
    Abstract: A low observable photoluminescent tracer projectile, for use with a small caliber weapon at night—which utilizes a base phosphor material of Ca, Sr and S, or a base phosphor material of Y2, O2, and S—with a combination of minor dopant ingredients; which base phosphor material is mixed with a clear binder to form a photoluminescent material which is applied to the rear end, or base, of a small arms projectile as a thin layer; to which thin layer is added a layer of small retro-reflectors—whereby, when this projectile is fired from the weapon, the photoluminescent mixture will be activated and will be observable, using night vision at an angle of 0 to about 20 degrees from the rear end of the projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Matthew T. Horch, Christel M. Kelly, Garry P. Glaspell
  • Patent number: 9494393
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a low foreign object damage nose weight for affixing to a either a standard or kinematic decoy flare comprising a thin walled nose cup having a closed end, an open end, an internal cavity, and at least one sidewall attached to said closed end and surrounding said internal cavity; and a metal powder disposed within the internal cavity for weighing down the forward end of the decoy flare, said nose cup capable of being affixed to a forward end of a decoy flare such that said powder is jettisoned from said nose cup upon burn out of a flare pellet subassembly of said decoy flare thereby reducing the weight of the nose cup and the possibility of foreign object damage to aircraft, ground troops, ground equipment and buildings resulting from the falling nose weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventors: David W. Herbage, Alan Phillips, Everard Leifson, Keven Thomas
  • Patent number: 9377278
    Abstract: A biological active bullet able to be discharged from a firearm, the ammunition essentially comprising a bullet in a cartridge, the bullet including, and distinguished by the use of, at least one potentially reactive chemical substance delivered to a target and undergoing at least one violent exothermic chemical reaction with a bodily fluid of said target, and having at least one biological effect in the target upon impact and penetration, while causing tissue damage in addition to the bullet wound, and thus, having additional functions and applications than prior art bullets, along with methods of use, that ensure enhanced damage and lethality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: Darren Rubin
  • Patent number: 9347753
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a low observable photoluminescent tracer projectile, for use with a small caliber weapon at night—which method utilizes a base phosphor material of Ca, Sr and S, or a base phosphor material of Y2, O2, and S—with a combination of minor dopant ingredients; which base phosphor material is mixed with a clear binder to form a photoluminescent material which is applied to the rear end, or base, of a small arms projectile as a thin layer; to which thin layer is added a layer of small retro-reflectors—whereby, when this projectile is fired from the weapon, the photoluminescent mixture will be activated and will be observable, using night vision at an angle of 0 to about 20 degrees from the rear end of the projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Matthew T. Horch, Christel M. Kelly, Garry P. Glaspell
  • Publication number: 20150027333
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to protective canisters for incendiary devices, said canisters comprising a sidewall and two endcaps, said endcaps attached to said sidewall so as to form a substantially enclosed canister; wherein one or both of said endcaps is removably attached to said sidewall; and wherein said sidewall comprises a plurality of transverse holes through it. Optionally, one or both of said endcaps comprise one or more transverse holes through them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: William R. BLISS, Thomas R. Cessario
  • Patent number: 8935975
    Abstract: An incendiary machine (10) comprises a feed and dispensing system (12), a priming system (20) and a control system. The feed and dispensing system (12) feeds a belt (14) of incendiary capsules (16) to a region at which individual capsules are separated from the belt and dispensed from the machine (10). The priming system (20) primes the capsule (16) prior to being dispensed from the machine (10) with a priming liquid which, when delivered into a capsule, facilitates an exothermic reaction. The control system controls the feed and dispensing system (12), and the priming system (20) independently of each other so that the belt (14) can be fed into and indeed thought the machine (10) with the priming liquid being injected into the capsules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Raindance Systems Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Robert Andrew Stevenson
  • Publication number: 20140261041
    Abstract: A fire ignition flare is described. The fire ignition flare includes an elongated, combustible body with a fuse extending longitudinally through the combustible body. A first end of the combustible body can include a concave portion. The combustible body can be bonded to the fuse along a bonded portion, and the fuse can extend from the concave portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Firepoint Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil ZIERDEN, Rhonda Zierden
  • Patent number: 8813649
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a low foreign object damage nose weight for affixing to a either a standard or kinematic decoy flare comprising a thin walled nose cup having a closed end, an open end, an internal cavity, and at least one sidewall attached to said closed end and surrounding said internal cavity; and a metal powder disposed within the internal cavity for weighing down the forward end of the decoy flare, said nose cup capable of being affixed to a forward end of a decoy flare such that said powder is jettisoned from said nose cup upon burn out of a flare pellet subassembly of said decoy flare thereby reducing the weight of the nose cup and the possibility of foreign object damage to aircraft, ground troops, ground equipment and buildings resulting from the falling nose weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventors: David W. Herbage, Alan Phillips, Everard Leifson, Keven Thomas
  • Patent number: 8783183
    Abstract: An active body is provided that includes at least one active mass block made of monobasic or polybasic high-energy materials such as a nitrocellulose mixture, for example, comprising approximately 60 percent nitroglycerin and 40 percent diethylene glycol dinitrate, which is provided with structures both on a surface and on an interior. In addition, the inner structures can be filled with an active mass substance. The ignition is triggered by a pyrotechnical primer composition, which initiates the active body, preferably from the inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Gaisbauer, Heinz Bannach, Vikron Kadavanich, Martin Fegg, Christian Wagner
  • Patent number: 8770109
    Abstract: A flare ignition system for an ejectable flare (10), for protecting moving and/or stationary objects from heat-seeking threats, is disclosed, wherein the flare ignition system is characterized by a heat transfer occurring within a type of tube or tube nozzle (1) provided with one or more heating elements. The flare ignition system is integrated in an ejector system (2), which additionally comprises an accelerator unit (3) surrounding the tube nozzle (1) and a heat insulation (4) bound between the two.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH
    Inventor: Sven Guth
  • Patent number: 8763533
    Abstract: An active body (1) is proposed that has, as active mass (5), multiple flares (2, 3) arranged behind each other or stacked, in particular for the generation of decoys, wherein the flares (2, 3) are NC (nitrocellulose) and RP (red phosphorus) single flares. The single flares (2, 3) are evenly or unevenly stacked in succession such that one RP single flare (3) lies on an NC single flare (2), or multiple NC single flares (2) or multiple RP single flares (3) follow each other, so that it is possible to vary the percentage of NC and RP in the active body (1) from about 0% to about 100%. A container (4) houses the active mass (5), and can in turn have predetermined breaking points (7) to facilitate the break up of the active body (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH
    Inventors: Nenad Prelic, Vikorn Martin Kadavanich, Rainer Gaisbauer
  • Patent number: 8714089
    Abstract: An activation unit for explosive masses or explosive bodies includes an ejector tube and high-performance heating elements mounted around the ejector tube, each made of at least one heating wire supplied with electrical power by a control unit. Each heating wire is enclosed in a casing and embedded in a material minimizing heat loss. When the explosive body is passed through the activation unit, the jacket surface of the explosive body contacts the individual elements of the activation unit in a direct or non-contact manner. Thermal energy is transferred to the explosive body by means of the heating wires, and the body ignites at the contact points. A further activation unit includes heating elements in the ejector tube, at least partially fed longitudinally through the ejector tube, made of heating wire clad with CrNi steel and contact plates soldered thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH
    Inventors: Nenand Prelic, Oliver Frank, Heribert Eglauer, Florian Huber
  • Patent number: 8707843
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved kinematic countermeasure flare and method of constructing the same wherein the housing has integrated internal features. The flare nose weight is set at the end of a die core prior to molding for integration with the housing. Longitudinal grooves and other recesses in the die core allow for the formation of internal longitudinal ribs which propellant can bond to and a retaining bead for retaining the nose weight in the housing which are integrated with the housing. Propellant is cast into the formed housing. A propellant shaping mandrel is then inserted into the formed housing thereby forcing the propellant into the internal cavity created by the integrally molded longitudinal ribs, the shaping mandrel and the wall of the flare housing such that the propellant is bonded to the interior housing wall and the longitudinal ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Kilgore Flares Company, LLC
    Inventor: Alan Phillips
  • Patent number: 8689693
    Abstract: An active body (1) includes flares (2, 6, 7) arranged adjacent, above, or behind each other, wherein at least one hydrophobic separating layer (3, 5) is integrated between the flares, or flare disks (2, 6, 7), thereby preventing the flares (2, 6, 7) from attaching or sticking. In one embodiment, the hydrophobic separating layer (3) is applied to at least one side of the flares (2), preferably as a powder preferably consisting of microspheres, or the like. In another embodiment, a separating disk is disposed between the flares (6, 7) as the separating layer (5), which in addition is anti-cohesive and anti-adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH
    Inventors: Nenad Prelic, Heribert Eglauer
  • Publication number: 20130125773
    Abstract: A multiple output and effect grenade is provided, in which an exothermic delay column is utilized to initiate a series of primers via the application of heat to the strike faces thereof, thereby providing a reliable and relatively safe grenade to ship and store. In particular, a multiple output and effect grenade comprised of an exothermic delay column disposed within a central cavity, operable to initiate a series of primers disposed in primer cavities located within the main body of the grenade. The primer cavities may be arranged in a symmetrical or asymmetrical configuration, so as to produce a firing signature resembling an automatic weapon or random gunfire, respectively. In addition, effect charges, such as illuminants, sound agents, chemical irritants, etc., may be disposed within the primer cavities, as desired by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Michael BRUNN
  • Publication number: 20130112099
    Abstract: Flares with consumable weights connected to a forward end of the grain of the flare are disclosed. Also disclosed are consumable weight components for flares. The consumable weight components include a metal material within a matrix. Also disclosed are methods for fabricating a flare and methods for using a flare. Use of the consumable weights in the flares may reduce the amount of debris falling to ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey F. Widener, Daniel B. Nielson
  • Patent number: 8418619
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved kinematic countermeasure flare and method of constructing the same wherein the housing has integrated internal features. The flare nose weight is set at the end of a die core prior to molding for integration with the housing. Longitudinal grooves and other recesses in the die core allow for the formation of internal longitudinal ribs which propellant can bond to and a retaining bead for retaining the nose weight in the housing which are integrated with the housing. Propellant is cast into the formed housing. A propellant shaping mandrel is then inserted into the formed housing thereby forcing the propellant into the internal cavity created by the integrally molded longitudinal ribs, the shaping mandrel and the wall of the flare housing such that the propellant is bonded to the interior housing wall and the longitudinal ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Kilgore Flares Company, LLC
    Inventor: Alan Phillips
  • Publication number: 20130055917
    Abstract: This disclosure provides for payload delivery systems and cartridges and methods that incorporate these payload delivery systems. In one aspect, the payload delivery system can comprise a payload cup and a pleated cup nested within the payload cup and having a pleated side wall. The disclosed cartridges can be used to deliver payloads such as solid projectiles, shot of all sizes, powders, gels, liquids, and other payloads to exploit their specific function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventor: James Y. Menefee, III
  • Publication number: 20130055916
    Abstract: This disclosure provides for payload delivery systems and cartridges and methods that incorporate the payload delivery systems. The payload delivery system can comprise a stabilizer having a longitudinally cut side wall defining a series of vanes that are folded forward in the pre-launched configuration. Other aspects combine a payload cup nested within the forward folding stabilizer. Still other aspects integrate the payload portion and the stabilizer portion into a single piece that constitutes a stabilized payload cup. The disclosed cartridges can be used to deliver payloads such as solid projectiles, shot of all sizes, powders, gels, liquids, and other payloads to exploit their specific function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventor: James Y. Menefee, III
  • Publication number: 20130042781
    Abstract: A tricolor signal flare projectile configured for use with a “high-low” projectile launching system such as the U.S. Army's M-433. The projectile includes a body having a cylindrical side wall and an aft closure. The body's forward portion is open, which provides access to a hollow interior. A delay assembly is installed in the aft closure. The delay assembly includes a delay column. A signal igniter is located just forward of the delay column in the hollow interior of the body. The hollow interior also includes separate volumes of red, white, and blue illuminant. An ogive closes over the top of the hollow interior of the body, thereby encapsulating the other components. When the projectile is fired from a launcher the propellant gases burning with the launcher ignite the delay column. The delay column burns while the projectile travels along its trajectory. After the passage of a desired time interval, the delay column ignites the signal igniter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventors: Matthew D. Rexford, David R. Grymonpre, James P. Muncie, Dale P. Krejcar, JR., Gilbert D. Rykard, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130036932
    Abstract: An explosive body is encapsulated in such a way that the encapsulation or casing supports the ignition behavior of the explosive body or of the components. The explosive body has a casing for accommodating the components of the explosive body, which differ with regard to the chemical composition and the properties thereof. An additional component is located in the casing as an ignition aid. The explosive body can be ignited through the top/side surface of the casing or by an internal ignition mixture located inside the explosive body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: RHEINMETALL WAFFE MUNITION GMBH
    Inventor: Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH
  • Patent number: 8336459
    Abstract: A pen flare may be adapted for firing from a weapon having a caliber larger than a caliber of the pen flare. The adapted flare may be fired from a conventional shotgun. The adapted flare may include a pen flare with a portion having external threads and a base. The base may include an extractor rim and a through-bore with internal threads. The pen flare may be fixed in the through-bore of the base via the external and internal threads. A rear portion of the base may have an outer diameter that is greater than an outer diameter of a front portion of the base. A cylindrical sleeve may be disposed around the front portion of the base and around the pen flare. A conventional shotgun may be reversibly converted to a compact, lighter weight shotgun with a kit. The converted shotgun may be more desirable for firing flares.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Jeffrey Hayes Gould
  • Publication number: 20120247359
    Abstract: A multiple output and effect grenade is provided, in which an exothermic delay column is utilized to initiate a series of primers via the application of heat to the strike faces thereof, thereby providing a reliable and relatively safe grenade to ship and store. In particular, a multiple output and effect grenade comprised of an exothermic delay column disposed within a central cavity, operable to initiate a series of primers disposed in primer cavities located within the main body of the grenade. The primer cavities may be arranged in a symmetrical or asymmetrical configuration, so as to produce a firing signature resembling an automatic weapon or random gunfire, respectively. In addition, effect charges, such as illuminants, sound agents, chemical irritants, etc., may be disposed within the primer cavities, as desired by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Brunn
  • Patent number: 8276518
    Abstract: The present invention relates to decoys for heat-seeking missiles and methods of producing and using the same. The decoys are designed to be kinematic or pseudo-kinematic, producing one or more infra-red radiation emitting clouds that give the appearance of a moving infra-red target in the airspace in which the decoy has been released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Alloy Surfaces Company, Inc.
    Inventors: David Dillard, Jason A. Fischer, Rajesh D. Shah, John J. Scanlon, Eric M. Smith, Truong Quang Dinh, David L. Machamer
  • Patent number: 8250982
    Abstract: Pyrotechnic signaling means (10) are ignited manually by pulling on a pulling member (24). In known pyrotechnic signaling means (10), the pulling member (24) has a short cable which is knotted to an operating means (26). A knot such as this can be produced only manually, thus making the production of pyrotechnic signaling means (10) quite complex. In addition, an ignition device (14) for known pyrotechnic signaling means (10) has a hole through it for a firing bolt (36) which is connected to the pulling member (24). This allows moisture to enter the pyrotechnic signaling means (10) through the ignition device (14). The pyrotechnic signaling means (10) according to the invention provides for the pulling member (24) to be formed from flexible strip-like sections (48, 50), which are connected by film hinges (54) and can be collapsed, saving space, when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Chemring Defence Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Thorsten Kothe, Ernst Dix
  • Publication number: 20120208134
    Abstract: Non-lethal payloads may be customized for particular uses and desired visual and audible incapacitation based upon the selection of igniter/activators and illuminants used with the non-lethal payloads. Non-lethal payloads employing high flame temperature igniter/activators and illuminants of powder metals, powdered metals combined with oxidizers, and powdered metals combined with heat-activated chromophores may produce improved “flashes” and “bangs” for non-lethal payloads used with diversionary or other devices. Such devices and methods of producing illuminance and noise are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Reed J. Blau, Lisa S. Liu, Ronald L. Hansen, Richard Ames
  • Publication number: 20120192750
    Abstract: Methods of producing pyrophoric countermeasure decoy flares include depositing a sculptured thin film of a pyrophoric material onto a substrate using physical vapor deposition. In an example embodiment, physical vapor deposition is performed using a glove box integrated sputtering system. The methods may also include pre-treating the substrate to modify an atomic shadowing effect during pyrophoric material deposition and packaging a plurality of the pyrophoric decoy flares in an airtight container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: Sienna Technologies, Inc
    Inventors: Ender Savrun, Di Wu, Stephanie J. Sawhill
  • Publication number: 20120160121
    Abstract: An active body (1) includes flares (2, 6, 7) arranged adjacent, above, or behind each other, wherein at least one hydrophobic separating layer (3, 5) is integrated between the flares, or flare disks (2, 6, 7), thereby preventing the flares (2, 6, 7) from attaching or sticking. In one embodiment, the hydrophobic separating layer (3) is applied to at least one side of the flares (2), preferably as a powder preferably consisting of microspheres, or the like. In another embodiment, a separating disk is disposed between the flares (6, 7) as the separating layer (5), which in addition is anti-cohesive and anti-adhesive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: Rheinmetall Waffle Munition GmbH
    Inventors: Nenad Prelic, Heribert Eglauer
  • Publication number: 20120138681
    Abstract: A targeting system for determining the distance to a target and, in response thereto, altering the angular position of a projectile launcher relative to a hand held support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventors: John F. Schneider, Christopher Brown
  • Patent number: 8191478
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a low foreign object damage nose weight for affixing to a either a standard or kinematic decoy flare comprising a thin walled nose cup having a closed end, an open end, an internal cavity, and at least one sidewall attached to said closed end and surrounding said internal cavity; and a metal powder disposed within the internal cavity for weighing down the forward end of the decoy flare, said nose cup capable of being affixed to a forward end of a decoy flare such that said powder is jettisoned from said nose cup upon burn out of a flare pellet subassembly of said decoy flare thereby reducing the weight of the nose cup and the possibility of foreign object damage to aircraft, ground troops, ground equipment and buildings resulting from the falling nose weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Kilgore Flares Company, LLC
    Inventors: David W. Herbage, Alan Phillips, Everard Leifson, Keven Thomas
  • Publication number: 20120132099
    Abstract: A primer composition that includes red phosphorus having an acid scavenger and a polymer thereon. The primer composition includes at least one other component that is substantially free of lead. The other component is at least one oxidizer, or at least one oxidizer and at least one of at least one secondary explosive composition and at least one energetic binder. The primer composition optionally includes at least one element having an ionic charge to ionic radius ratio of 4 or of 8, such as magnesium, zirconium, aluminum, silicon, titanium, tungsten, alloys thereof, and combinations thereof. The red phosphorus and the at least one oxidizer are present in the primer composition at approximately stoichiometric amounts. An ordnance element including the primer composition is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventors: Randall T. Busky, Tod R. Botcher, Joel L. Sandstrom, Jack A. Erickson
  • Patent number: 8122810
    Abstract: A system providing a physical-barrier defense against rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs). The system is suitable for use on aircraft, ground vehicles, and ships.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: CPI IP, LLC
    Inventor: Richard O. Glasson
  • Patent number: 7992496
    Abstract: The present invention relates to decoys for heat-seeking missiles and methods of producing and using the same. The decoys are designed to be kinematic or pseudo-kinematic, producing one or more infra-red radiation emitting clouds that give the appearance of a moving infra-red target in the airspace in which the decoy has been released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Alloy Surfaces Company, Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Dillard, Jason A. Fischer, Rajesh D. Shah, John J. Scanlon, Eric M. Smith, Truong Quang Dinh, David L. Machamer
  • Publication number: 20110174183
    Abstract: A pyrophoric material comprises a pyrophoric metal coated onto a wire mesh substrate. Iron and nickel are the preferred metals and a steel wire mesh is suitable. A process for making the pyrophoric material involves spraying an alloy of iron and/or nickel with aluminium onto a mesh using a high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) process following by leaching out at least a proportion of the aluminium by treatment with an alkaline solution. The product has application as a supported catalyst or as either an ignition medium or as a flare material in military countermeasures in which applications it is capable of burning at a high temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventors: James Dominic Callaway, James Neil Towning, Raymond Cook, Paul Smith, David Graham McCartney, Andrew J. Horlock
  • Publication number: 20110146520
    Abstract: A flare ignition system for an ejectable flare (10), for protecting moving and/or stationary objects from heat-seeking threats, is disclosed, wherein the flare ignition system is characterized by a heat transfer occurring within a type of tube or tube nozzle (1) provided with one or more heating elements. The flare ignition system is integrated in an ejector system (2), which additionally comprises an accelerator unit (3) surrounding the tube nozzle (1) and a heat insulation (4) bound between the two.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: RHEINMETALL WAFFE MUNITION GMBH
    Inventor: Sven GUTH
  • Patent number: 7900560
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a flare pellet assembly for generating visual and/or infrared energy output, and to methods of making and using the same. The flare pellet assembly generally includes a stack of flare pellets, the individual pellets of which may exhibit an at least generally tapering geometry. These flare pellets may be stacked in a manner that substantially prevents motion of one flare pellet relative to another flare pellet. This stacked arrangement of the flare pellets, along with one or more grooves that may be defined in and/or between adjacent flare pellets, may be said to at least generally enable the resultant flare pellet assembly to provide one or both infrared and visual energy output that reaches desired countermeasure energy output specifications without sacrificing structural integrity of the flare pellet assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Kilgore Flares Company, LLC
    Inventors: David W. Herbage, John W. Dailey
  • Publication number: 20110036260
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a low foreign object damage nose weight for affixing to a either a standard or kinematic decoy flare comprising a thin walled nose cup having a closed end, an open end, an internal cavity, and at least one sidewall attached to said closed end and surrounding said internal cavity; and a metal powder disposed within the internal cavity for weighing down the forward end of the decoy flare, said nose cup capable of being affixed to a forward end of a decoy flare such that said powder is jettisoned from said nose cup upon burn out of a flare pellet subassembly of said decoy flare thereby reducing the weight of the nose cup and the possibility of foreign object damage to aircraft, ground troops, ground equipment and buildings resulting from the falling nose weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: KILGORE FLARES COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: DAVID W. HERBAGE, ALAN PHILLIPS, EVERARD LEIFSON, KEVEN THOMAS
  • Patent number: 7866265
    Abstract: A flare apparatus constructed of a flare case with a primer functionally coupled to a propellant charge. Loaded within the flare case is a flare cup, having within, a starter composition, a flare composition, and a flash charge. The flare composition is functionally coupled to the flare starter composition, and the flash charge is functionally coupled to the flare composition. Upon primer activation the propellant charge is ignited. Flame and hot gasses from the propellant charge propel the flare cup out of the flare case and downrange while also igniting the flare starter composition within the flare cup. The flare starter composition ignites the flare composition, which produces a visual artifact and subsequently ignites the flash charge which produces a visual and audible artifact at or near the end of its flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventors: Jacob Kravel, Michael Brunn
  • Publication number: 20100288111
    Abstract: The present invention separates, absolutely, the functions of camouflage and jamming. This allows the use of a small-caliber munition (4) that exclusively deploys jammers (6). These jammers (6), or munitions (4), are preferably fired vertically upwards or laterally from the vehicle (object 9) to be protected. For this purpose, the launch barrels (2) are fitted and aligned vertically on the vehicle or the object (9) to be protected. An adequate light flash (8) is produced in the relevant spectrum by initiation of a pyrotechnic charge, with the initiation clocked in time and arranged offset in height, and with the light flash (8) interfering with the aiming mechanism of the approaching warhead. Alternatively, different heights of the break-up flashes can be generated above and/or to the side of the object (9) by a plurality of munitions (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: RHEINMETALL WAFFE MUNITION GMBH
    Inventor: Michael Kunz
  • Patent number: 7793591
    Abstract: A modified projectile round which is configured to function with a propellant cartridge such as described in U.S. Pat. No. 7,004,074. The projectile assembly uses a High-Low gas pressure cartridge to launch the projectile. When the high pressure cartridge is ignited, hot propellant gases rupture a burst cup and shoot propellant gases toward the aft end of the projectile. The hot propellant gases impinge against a delay carrier located in the aft end of the projectile. The contents of the delay carrier are thereby ignited. The delay carrier includes one or more delay columns ultimately terminating in an igniter charge. The delay columns burn as the projectile is in flight. A specified amount of time later, the igniter charge ignites an ignitable payload—such as a marker flare candle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Martin Electronics
    Inventor: Bruce G. Van Stratum
  • Publication number: 20100212529
    Abstract: A modified cartridge assembly including a projectile having a gas generator proximate its aft end. The projectile includes an aft closure having a cavity filled with gas generating material. The gas generating material is ignited around the time the projectile exits the weapon's muzzle. The gas generating material then burns while the projectile is in flight, spewing pressurized gas into the wake region immediately behind the projectile. The pressurized gas reduces the projectile's base drag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventor: Bruce G. Van Stratum
  • Patent number: 7690308
    Abstract: Flares include grain assemblies comprising a combustible grain and a reactive foil positioned at least proximate to the grain and configured to ignite combustion of the grain upon ignition of the reactive foil. The reactive foil may include alternating layers of reactive materials. Methods of fabricating flares include at least partially covering an exterior surface of a combustible grain with a reactive foil to form a grain assembly, and inserting the grain assembly at least partially into a casing. The reactive foil may include alternating layers of reactive materials that are configured to react with one another in an exothermic chemical reaction upon ignition. Furthermore, methods of igniting a flare grain include initiating an exothermic chemical reaction between alternating layers of reactive materials in a reactive foil located proximate to the flare grain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Alliant Techsystems Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel B. Nielson, Richard L. Tanner, Carl Dilg
  • Patent number: 7669742
    Abstract: A tactical device holster (TDH) system is described that is a complete carry and deployment solution allowing for split-second deployment of hand-held non-lethal/lethal deployable devices (HNLDD) by tactical personnel. The TDH system allows tactical personnel to deploy HNLDDs without having to disarm because deployment requires only a single hand, and the TDH system indexes the HNLDD in the proper position for deployment. The TDH system allows the HNLDD to go from secure carry to deployment in under one second while not impeding the deadly force option during deployment. The TDH system keeps the fuze lever of the HNLDD fixed in a pre-specified position. The HNLDD is not altered for use with the TDH system and allows quick insertion of the HNLDD. The TDH system supports numerous HNLDDs and tactical pyrotechnic and incendiary devices, and can be fixed to various tactical clothing, vests, holsters, equipment, and vehicle components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventor: Derek Rush
  • Publication number: 20100026554
    Abstract: There is provided an active protection system and an active protection method preferably for airborne platforms. According to the embodiment of the invention, the active protection system is mounted onboard a platform for protecting the platform, and comprises a radar system configured for generating output data including threat output data corresponding to a velocity, a range, and an angle of the threat with respect to the platform in an airspace around the platform, the output data being useful for detecting, identifying and tracking of at least one threat approaching the platform; a countermeasure system capable of launching at least one non-fragmentation interceptor projectile in response to receiving a control command; and a control unit configured for receiving the output data from the radar system and for generating the control command and transmitting the control command to the at least one non-fragmentation interceptor projectile, thereby enabling countering the threat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: ELTA SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: David Longman, Jacob Tzlil
  • Patent number: 7640858
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a flare pellet assembly for generating visual and/or infrared energy output, and to methods of making and using the same. The flare pellet assembly generally includes a stack of flare pellets, the individual pellets of which may exhibit an at least generally tapering geometry. These flare pellets may be stacked in a manner that substantially prevents motion of one flare pellet relative to another flare pellet. This stacked arrangement of the flare pellets, along with one or more grooves that may be defined in and/or between adjacent flare pellets, may be said to at least generally enable the resultant flare pellet assembly to provide one or both infrared and visual energy output that reaches desired countermeasure energy output specifications without sacrificing structural integrity of the flare pellet assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Kilgore Flares Company, LLC
    Inventors: David W. Herbage, John W. Dailey