Counter Measure Patents (Class 102/402)
  • Patent number: 10323912
    Abstract: An area denial system may be operationally placed with communication latency compensation. The area denial system may include a plurality of munitions, one or more sensor devices, and a command and control unit, networked together and having a command and control latency for communication between the command and control unit and the remainder of the area denial system. Latency compensation may include determining a first target position, determining a first predicted position area for the target using the command and control latency and the first target position, receiving an authorization to arm one or more of the munitions, determining a second target position, and determining that the second target position is outside a threshold distance from a first authorized munition of the one or more authorized munitions, and in response, de-authorizing the first authorized munition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Balk, Larry G. Linde
  • Patent number: 10059413
    Abstract: An apparatus for sweeping influence mines, including an operating unit having a plurality of propulsion devices designed to be immersed in water and at least one floating body connected to the propulsion devices, the latter being designed to overcome the hydrostatic thrust acting on the floating body to keep the operating unit immersed at a predetermined depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: CALZONI S.R.L.
    Inventor: Daniele Maria Bertin
  • Patent number: 10054404
    Abstract: An area denial system may be operationally placed with communication latency compensation. The area denial system may include a plurality of munitions, one or more sensor devices, and a command and control unit, networked together and having a command and control latency for communication between the command and control unit and the remainder of the area denial system. Latency compensation may include determining a first target position, determining a first predicted position area for the target using the command and control latency and the first target position, receiving an authorization to arm one or more of the munitions, determining a second target position, and determining that the second target position is outside a threshold distance from a first authorized munition of the one or more authorized munitions, and in response, de-authorizing the first authorized munition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: ORBITAL ATK, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Balk, Larry G. Linde
  • Patent number: 9739574
    Abstract: A landmine-neutralization system has a vehicle including a water supply tank and an electrical power supply and an electro-discharge apparatus. The electro-discharge apparatus includes one or more electro-discharge nozzles each having a discharge chamber that has an inlet for receiving water from the water supply tank and an outlet, a first electrode extending into the discharge chamber and being electrically connected to one or more high-voltage capacitors that are connected to, and chargeable by, the electrical power supply, a second electrode proximate to the first electrode to define a gap between the first and second electrodes and a switch to cause the one or more capacitors to discharge across the gap between the electrodes to create a plasma bubble which expands to form a shockwave that escapes through one or more exit orifices of the one or more nozzles ahead of the plasma bubble to thereby neutralize a landmine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: VLN Advanced Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Mohan Vijay, Emilio Panarella, Meisheng Xu, Wenzhuo Yan, Bruce Daniels, Andrew Tieu
  • Patent number: 9547084
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of classifying one or several watercraft using the sound waves emitted or transmitted by these vehicles. The sound waves are thereby received using an array of underwater sound sensors of a sonar receiving system and processed into received signals. At least one amplitude spectrum is generated from these received signals consisting of one or more sets of frequency lines and any individual lines, from which the characteristic vehicle parameters are automatically determined in a frequency line pattern detection module or determined manually. Subsequently, the vehicle characteristic parameters are compared with the database parameters, where this comparison is evaluated with a matching factor. Considering the matching factor, one or several watercraft are determined as the result of the classification. In addition, the invention relates to a corresponding device for carrying out the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH
    Inventors: Gregor Meerpohl, Thomas Kruger, Ralph Tieste
  • Patent number: 8899137
    Abstract: A remote jettison system is provided to disconnect a mine roller from a tactical vehicle. The system enables personnel conducting mine roller operations to disengage the vehicle from the mine roller without leaving the vehicle. The remote jettison system has two assemblies: A mine roller assembly and a tactical vehicle assembly. The mine roller assembly, which is connected to the mine roller, can be remotely disconnected from the tactical vehicle assembly, which is mounted on the vehicle. The system utilizes one mechanized latch to release the mine roller assembly from the tactical vehicle assembly, allowing the force of gravity to cause them to separate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Dustin T. Bride, Daniel P. Coats, Michael Conn, Christopher J. Doyle, John M. Gwyn
  • Patent number: 8887548
    Abstract: A land mine simulator includes a housing having an opening formed in one end thereof. A plate movably supported in the housing's opening has a first face exposed to a surrounding environment and a second face exposed to an interior region of the housing. A non-compressible fluid-filled reservoir in the housing includes a flexible diaphragm opposing and spaced apart from the second face of the plate. Plungers are between each of the second face of the plate and the diaphragm. Each of one or more air spring in the housing includes a cylinder having a movable piston sealed therein with a first side of the piston in fluid communication with the reservoir's fluid and a second side of the piston in fluid communication with a pressurized volume of gas within the cylinder. A pressure sensor is provided in communication with the fluid in the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Brian L. Price, Patrick A. Delay, Mark Welscher
  • Patent number: 8826823
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of with a projectile (1) comprising a reactive charge (4), combating an explosive-charged weapon unit (7), preferably an enemy shell, so that undesirable harmful effects on the environment are reduced, wherein the projectile (1) is configured to penetrate the surface (8) of the weapon unit (7) upon impact so that a passage (9) is opened into the explosive (10) of the weapon unit (7), through which passage (9) the reactive charge (4), under the influence of the kinetic energy of the projectile (1), is transferred to the explosive (10) of the weapon unit (7). The method can be deemed to be characterized in that the reactive charge (4), upon contact with the explosive (10) of the weapon unit (7), reacts and starts a hypergolic reaction with the explosive (10). The invention also relates to a projectile (1) for the said method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: BAE Systems Bofors AB
    Inventors: Christer Thuman, Kjell Wållberg, Carin Vörde
  • Patent number: 8820209
    Abstract: A method for generating a time-out signal for an unexploded munition. The method including: providing the munition with a power supply having a piezoelectric material for generating power from a vibration upon impact of the munition; and initiating detonation time-out circuitry to disable detonation of the munition after a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Omnitek Partners LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Carlos M. Pereira, Richard Dratler
  • Patent number: 8807002
    Abstract: The invention relates to a weapon clearance appliance for clearing weapons, such as underwater mines or munitions which have been sunk in waterways, under water by detonation of the weapon. In this case, the weapon clearance appliance is provided with means for detachable connection to an unmanned underwater vehicle, so that the underwater vehicle is a safe distance away when the weapon is detonated. In order to allow the use of conventional small underwater vehicles, the volume of the weapon clearance appliance is chosen such that the buoyancy force which acts on the weapon clearance appliance under water compensates for the force of gravity acting on the weapon clearance appliance. Therefore, the weapon clearance appliance has neutral buoyancy, as a result of which, after the weapon clearance appliance has been released from the underwater vehicle, there is no need to retrim the underwater vehicle. There is therefore no need for trimming devices on the underwater vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Atlas Elektronik GmbH
    Inventor: Detlef Lambertus
  • Patent number: 8770082
    Abstract: A pressurized fluid delivery system and method that can be used to interrogate objects, such as the interrogation and detonation of IEDs. The system and method entail pressurizing a liquid within a vessel with a compressed gas source so that the liquid within the vessel is at a pressure above atmospheric pressure. The pressurized liquid, the compressed gas, or a mixture thereof is then selectively delivered to an outlet, and then discharged from the outlet to physically interrogate the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Vanair Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph Kokot, Jr., Mark Alan Firnhaber, Daniel Matthew Ramirez, Terry Wayne Vittatoe
  • Patent number: 8714069
    Abstract: A mine clearing system and method remotely deploys line charge from a remotely controlled two-wheeled vehicle. The wheels are connected together via a central hub shaft. Individual battery operated hub motors on each wheel communicate with a central controller and receiver mounted inside the hub shaft. The power source for the motors is contained within the hub shaft, with a battery recharge port located on the hub shaft. The line charge is wrapped around the central hub shaft. An operator uses a remote control console in communication with the receiver and central controller in the hub shaft to independently control each wheel of the vehicle. A camera can hang from a hub shaft bearing on the outside of one wheel so as to be gravitationally stabilized during vehicle movement. The camera can broadcast signals to a display at the remote control console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Robert C. Woodall, Gregory A. Reitmeyer, Felipe A. Garcia
  • Patent number: 8695526
    Abstract: A self-scuttling device can include a pressure hull that can define an internal void having an internal pressure PVOID. The device can be disposed in an underwater environment having a pressure PAMBIENT that is greater than PVOID. The pressure hull can be formed with a fill port, which can be selectively opened to flood the void. A reactive agent can be disposed within the void. The reactive agent can be chosen to mix with seawater and establish a solution that corrodes the pressure hull when the reactive agent is exposed to seawater by flooding the void. The reactive agent can be disposed within a watertight container, which maintains watertight integrity at PVOID, but loses watertight integrity at the greater PAMBIENT. When this occurs, the reactive agent becomes exposed to seawater to establish the solution within the void that corrodes the pressure hull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Charles M. Ringer, Earl Floren, Peyton Hall
  • Patent number: 8683907
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system and method for discharging electrical potential into the earth to disable or destroy electronics and/or explosive devices. The disclosed system includes an electrical power supply providing a pulsed electrical potential exceeding 30,000 volts with at least 30 Joules of energy in each pulse. The system includes a cathode emitter and an anode emitter configured to be moved along the earth in close proximity to the earth. The electrical potential is discharged into the earth through the cathode emitter and/or the anode emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Xtreme ADS Limited
    Inventors: Varce Eron Howe, Peter V. Bitar, Rick Lee Busby, Leroy Ernest Lakey
  • Patent number: 8677875
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a motor-driven unit for clearing mines from and securing a hazardous route. According to the present method, system and device, a marker apparatus for a secured route is a liquid material for marking on the ground, and comprising dispensing members for providing one axial marking and two side markings on either side of said axial marking, respectively, for said route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: MBDA France
    Inventors: Christophe Hubert-Habart, Dominique Hembise
  • Patent number: 8677876
    Abstract: A semi-continuous duty, Green Technology, self-charging 14, unmanned electric vehicle providing protection and security from underground mines. A deflector blade 11 follows natural existing contours to maintain straight line paths, while simultaneously carrying a mine detector 10, a vertical reciprocating ram set 30, 32 and 33 that preloads soil while also creating forward motion, followed by an energy dissipation and containment canopy system 22, 24, 26 & 29. The comprehensive system provides protection from mines on existing pathways in desert environments using a self-sufficient energy source. In addition, the total system utilizes only Green Technology for all modes of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin Diaz
  • Publication number: 20140060371
    Abstract: An intelligent mine device includes a detection unit configured to detect an approach of a target object. The device includes an analysis processing unit configured to radio-communicate with the target object to perform identification of friend or foe against the target object. The device a blasting unit configured to blast the intelligent mine device when the analysis processing unit identifies the target object as the foe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Do Hyun KIM, Jaejun Yoo, Jong-Hyun Park, Kyong Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 8635957
    Abstract: An arrow-type warhead (100,200,300,400,500,600,700) comprises an envelope (102,202), a filling (108), a hardened head section (104) to promote penetration of the target and a stabilizing mechanism (106,210,302,402,502,602) to stabilize the warhead in flight, hi some embodiments the filling (108) is pyrophoric and undergoes an exothermic reaction with the envelope upon impact. In other embodiments the filling is incendiary and undergoes reaction with the envelope upon impact in an oxygen rich-environment. In yet other embodiments, the filling is explosive. In all embodiments, the warhead may be equipped with a mini-rocket propulsion mechanism (802) for propelling the warhead to the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Nahum Orlev, Amir Weitz
  • Patent number: 8584586
    Abstract: The present invention provides three different algorithms, namely, the “divide and conquer” algorithm, the “Hiddensee compensation” algorithm, and the “impulse response” algorithm. Any one of these three inventive algorithms may be made a part of an overall degaussing algorithm for a marine vessel. Each corrective algorithm, by itself, compensates for deviation of the vessel's induced signature from direct, linear proportionality to the ambient magnetic field. This deviation is associated with the dependency of a marine vessel's magnetic signature on the frequency at which the vessel rolls in the water. Practice of inventive compensation tends to be increasingly called for with increasing magnetic character of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Donald E. Pugsley, John J. Holmes, Robert W. Schuler
  • Patent number: 8567299
    Abstract: A pressurized fluid delivery system and method that can be used to interrogate objects, such as the interrogation and detonation of IEDs. The system and method entail pressurizing a liquid within a vessel with a compressed gas source so that the liquid within the vessel is at a pressure above atmospheric pressure. The pressurized liquid, the compressed gas, or a mixture thereof is then selectively delivered to an outlet, and then discharged from the outlet to physically interrogate the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Vanair Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph Kokot, Jr., Mark Alan Firnhaber, Daniel Matthew Ramirez, Terry Wayne Vittatoe
  • Patent number: 8528479
    Abstract: A device for defeating an improvised explosive device having a wire initiation system includes at least one coil of a barbed wire. A connecting member connects at least one coil of the barbed wire to a support. The connecting member is disposed such that at least one coil of the barbed wire contacts the ground. Movement of the at least one coil of the barbed wire across the ground engages a wire of the wire initiation system to defeat the improvised explosive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Cory Clayton
  • Patent number: 8522661
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to mobile equipment for detonating explosives and a motorized unit for securing roads, tracks or similar. According to the present disclosure, the mobile equipment includes a supporting structure with a transverse beam having explosive-activation means mounted thereon, said means comprising at least a mass decoy device, a mechanical decoy device, a thermal electrical decoy device and controllable clearing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: MBDA France
    Inventors: Dominique Hembise, François Sylvain Crosnier, Christophe Hubert-Habart
  • Patent number: 8485099
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and a system for defeating a target containing a flammable or explosive fill and an incendiary penetrating projectile for use in the method and the system. The incendiary penetrating projectile contains a non-detonating incendiary composition that is ignited prior to penetrating a target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Nammo Talley, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Skidmore, Andrew R. Davis, Thomas V. Palen, Christian W. Salafia, Thomas M. Deppert, Gregory D. Knowlton
  • Patent number: 8479435
    Abstract: A system and method for disrupting at least one component of a suspect object is provided. The system includes a source for passing radiation through the suspect object, a screen for receiving the radiation passing through the suspect object and generating at least one image therefrom, a weapon having a discharge deployable therefrom, and a targeting unit. The targeting unit displays the image(s) of the suspect object and aims the weapon at a disruption point on the displayed image such that the weapon may be positioned to deploy the discharge at the disruption point whereby the suspect object is disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventors: T. Scott Gladwell, Justin R. Garretson, Clinton G. Hobart, Mark J. Monda
  • Patent number: 8430011
    Abstract: A system for disabling or degrading electrically initiated explosive devices includes an apparatus for inducing waveforms of varying power and duration into the leads of a bridgewire based blasting cap, thus raising the resistance to render the blasting cap inoperable without requiring detonation, and for polling or confirming electrical performance and operational status of the blasting cap. An operational methodology for neutralizing an explosive device is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Emerging Science & Technologies Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Foley, Wesley S. Estes, Walter Siering
  • Patent number: 8424437
    Abstract: A device for triggering mines by pressure, including a chassis and at least one wheel having a central hub and including: at least one assembly that is movable in translation along a radius of the wheel and comprises a weight block at its peripheral radial end, a device suitable for driving the at least one movable assembly, as the wheel rotates in a determined direction with respect to the chassis, in the direction of the hub over a limited sector of the wheel that is less than 2? radians; wherein the device suitable for driving the at least one movable assembly in the direction of the hub are fixed with respect to the chassis, or in that the assembly that is movable in translation comprises a support that is fixed with respect to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Etat Francais Represente par le Delegue General pour l'Armement
    Inventor: Michel Grima
  • Patent number: 8397612
    Abstract: In an implementation, a roller system is provided. The roller system includes a modular frame. The frame includes a plurality of weight component attachment points. Each weight component attachment point is adapted to receive one or more weight components such that a weight of the frame and location of a center of gravity of the frame is adjusted by the addition of one or more weight components to each of the plurality of weight component attachment points. The frame further includes at least one arm assembly adapted to connect to the frame, and to apply force to a surface, wherein the force applied to the surface is proportional to the weight of the frame and the location of the center of gravity of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Humanistic Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Koplin, Samuel Reeves, Stephen Ahnert, Erik de Brun, Scott Poff, Daniele Salvatore Tedesco
  • Publication number: 20120318160
    Abstract: A device for defeating an improvised explosive device having a wire initiation system includes at least one coil of a barbed wire. A connecting member connects at least one coil of the barbed wire to a support. The connecting member is disposed such that at least one coil of the barbed wire contacts the ground. Movement of the at least one coil of the barbed wire across the ground engages a wire of the wire initiation system to defeat the improvised explosive device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Cory CLAYTON
  • Patent number: 8302533
    Abstract: A protection device comprises a covering including at least a layer of ballistics material, and a layer of an electromagnetic screening material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Kirintec Limited
    Inventor: Roy Peers-Smith
  • Patent number: 8276501
    Abstract: A recoil dissipation apparatus may include a linear roller rail and a roller block that is translatable on the linear roller rail with only one degree of freedom. A gear rack may be located adjacent the linear roller rail. A barrel clamp may be fixed to the roller block. A pinion gear may engage the gear rack. The pinion gear may be fixed on a shaft. The shaft may have a rotary viscous damper fixed at one end. The recoil force from a barrel fixed in the barrel clamp may cause translation of the roller block and dissipation of the recoil force by the rotary viscous damper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: John C. Sukurlu
  • Patent number: 8272157
    Abstract: A device for directing a beam of radiation at a target. The device includes a fiber laser for producing the beam of radiation, an aiming mechanism, for aiming the beam of radiation at the target, that moves independently of the fiber laser, and an optical fiber for conveying the beam of radiation to the aiming mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Rafael Advanced Defense Systems
    Inventor: Yehuda Nachshon
  • Patent number: 8240239
    Abstract: A semi-continuous duty, Green Technology, self-charging 14, unmanned electric vehicle providing protection and security from underground mines. A deflector blade 11 follows natural existing contours to maintain straight line paths, while simultaneously carrying a mine detector 10, a vertical reciprocating ram set 30, 32 and 33 that preloads soil while also creating forward motion, followed by an energy dissipation and containment canopy system 22, 24, 26 & 29. The comprehensive system provides protection from mines on existing pathways in desert environments using a self-sufficient energy source. In addition, the total system utilizes only Green Technology for all modes of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Kevin Diaz
  • Patent number: 8143886
    Abstract: A device to test the good working order of a magnetic field generator, and namely a demining coil, such device comprising at least one evaluation means for the magnetic field coupled with at least one display means, device wherein said evaluation means comprise at least one wound coil able to be positioned so that the lines of the magnetic field pass through it, said wound coil linked to evaluation electronics powered by said wound coil itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Nexter Systems
    Inventors: Guillaume Huet, Michel Pezard
  • 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: 8006620
    Abstract: A magnetic signature minesweeping device comprising a water driven turbine power generator and a superconducting material magnet, wherein the turbine power generator is arranged, in use, to supply a driving current for the superconducting material magnet when the minesweeping device is towed through the water. In a further embodiment, a control unit is arranged, in use, to control the magnetic output of the superconducting magnet and the power output of the turbine power generator. Furthermore, a method of minesweeping using the device and an array of the devices is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: The Commonwealth of Australia
    Inventors: Alan Theobald, Kenneth George White
  • Patent number: 7895930
    Abstract: A mobile remotely controlled robot includes a robot platform and a robot arm maneuverable with respect to the robot platform. A housing is configured to be removably mounted to the robot arm. A sleeve is translatable with respect to the housing for receiving a weapon therein. There is a gear rack on the sleeve and a pinion gear, rotatably disposed in the housing, is engaged with the gear rack. A braking subsystem resists rotation of the pinion gear when the gear rack translates upon firing of the weapon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Foster-Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Allan T. Fisk, Hans Hug, Michael T. Johnson, Nathan R. Desmeule
  • Patent number: 7856928
    Abstract: An anti-mine dart includes a body containing an explosive payload and having a flyer-plate port. The dart is operable responsive to the payload being detonated to propel through the flyer-plate port a flyer plate having sufficient energy to detonate an explosive material surrounding the dart. The darts may include a plurality of explosive payloads, flyer-plate ports and flyer plates. The darts may be formed in a stack arrangement within a missile such that the flyer-plate port of each dart is not aligned with the flyer-plate ports of any of the adjacent darts in the stack arrangement. The darts may contain a simplified safe-and-arm mechanism or no safe-and-arm mechanism at all.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Antonio Paulic
  • Patent number: 7836811
    Abstract: Systems are described herein for remotely aligning and placing disruptive devices at or near suspicious targets such as suspected improvised explosive devices (IEDs). In particular, tools connected to remotely controllable robots include disruptor guns for firing disruptive materials at the targets and disruptive devices filled with explosive materials, e.g., water, for controllably detonating or disrupting the detonation of the targets when placed in close proximity thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Science Applications International Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher W. Gardner, Benjamin V. Stratton, Aaron Robbins
  • Patent number: 7786417
    Abstract: An article for neutralizing an enemy weapon comprising an interceptor and a deployable net attached to the interceptor, said deployable net remaining attached to the interceptor upon deployment, is disclosed. A method of neutralizing an airborne enemy weapon comprising launching an interceptor, with a capture sock, towards the enemy weapon and deploying the capture sock just prior to the interceptor encountering the enemy weapon is also disclosed. The capture sock remains attached to the interceptor upon deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Dese Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold R. Sells, II
  • Publication number: 20100132538
    Abstract: A magnetic signature minesweeping device comprising a water driven turbine power generator and a superconducting material magnet, wherein the turbine power generator is arranged, in use, to supply a driving current for the superconducting material magnet when the minesweeping device is towed through the water. In a further embodiment, a control unit is arranged, in use, to control the magnetic output of the superconducting magnet and the power output of the turbine power generator. Furthermore, a method of minesweeping using the device and an array of the devices is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: Commonwealth of Australia
    Inventors: Alan Theobald, Kenneth George White
  • Patent number: 7726244
    Abstract: A method of destroying mines in a minefield buried under the surface includes deploying a munition including a plurality of kinetic energy rods each having a stabilizer into a position above the minefield and deploying the rods above the minefield to fall towards the minefield each aligned along a velocity vector to penetrate the surface and destroy the mines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Richard M. Lloyd
  • Patent number: 7698981
    Abstract: An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) defense system is described that forces premature detonation of IEDs by radiated sound energy signals. Embodiments of the invention provide for radiating sound energy signals from a stationary or mobile platform to a stationary or mobile area defining an “IED detonation zone.” IEDs within the IED detonation zone that are triggered by sound energy sources will receive the radiated sound energy signals, thereby forcing premature detonation of IEDs in the detonation zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Owen Goldman, Richard E Krock, Karl F Rauscher, James Philip Runyon
  • Patent number: 7685917
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for clearing land mines includes a mine detonator, a unmanned propulsion device and a rake member-electromagnet combination. The mine detonator includes a roller assembly, which is connected to and propelled by a prime mover of the unmanned propulsion unit. The mine detonator additionally may include a segmented column of weights that function to exert ground pressure to detonate hidden land mines. The rake member-electromagnet combination includes a rake member to turn up soil as the device advances in a minefield, and a magnetic member to pick up surface or sub-surface metal on the minefield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Humanistic Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Jesse Reeves, Joshua Koch Koplin
  • Patent number: 7658149
    Abstract: A magnetic signature minesweeping device (10) comprising a water driven turbine power generator (12) and a superconducting material magnet (14), wherein the turbine power generator is arranged, in use, to supply a driving current for the superconducting material magnet (14) when the minesweeping device is towed through the water. In a further embodiment a control unit (24) is arranged, in use, to control the magnetic output of the superconducting magnet (14) and the power output of the turbine power generator (12). Further more a method of minesweeping using the device (10), and an array of the devices (10) is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Commonwealth of Australia
    Inventors: Alan Theobald, Kenneth George White
  • Patent number: 7637196
    Abstract: A system for detecting and identifying the presence of objects, substances, or other items of interest located above or beneath a surface includes at least one aerial platform capable of powered flight, and a base station including apparatus for launching, storing, and refueling the at least one aerial platform. The base station further includes apparatus for communicating with the aerial platform(s). A control station remote from the base station can be configured to communicating with the base station. A display can be associated with the base station and the control station to receive signals from the aerial platform and indicate the location and identity of the objects, substances, or other items detected by the aerial platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Lockheed-Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Anthony L. Thornton
  • Patent number: 7624667
    Abstract: A landmine detection and neutralization apparatus and method is disclosed. The apparatus to determine the location of landmines, comprises at least two detection modules utilizing different infrared, sound, and/or optical detection and a remotely operated miniature airborne vehicle, that may carry the detection modules at an optimum altitude over a surface that may contain landmines. The neutralization device may be a microwave and/or infrared wave generator. The method for determining the location of landmines comprises using at least two different landmine detection techniques where the techniques are infrared, sound, and optical detection, operating the detection techniques in a close proximity to a surface that may contain landmines and maintaining this close proximity by operating a remotely operated miniature airborne vehicle. Neutralization may be achieved by directing microwaves or infrared waves at detected landmines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventor: San Kilkis
  • Patent number: 7600460
    Abstract: A method of deactivating land mines buried in ground comprises projecting high-pressure water jets into ground, cutting through ground with the high-pressure water jets, and making at least one cut through a land mine or cutting through at least one land mine that had been under the ground, the cutting of the land mine reducing the performance of the land mine. The method may reduce the performance of the land mine by rendering the land mine inactive to normal detonation procedures for the land mine. To reach as many surface areas on the buried landmines, it is preferable that at least two high-pressure water jets are spaced apart are used to cut through the ground. The method may be practiced with the high-pressure water jet being carried on a vehicle and cutting is done in a line that is formed at least in part by movement of the vehicle over the ground while the high-pressure water jet is cutting ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Inventor: Stephen M. Manders
  • Patent number: 7540240
    Abstract: A protection device for land vehicles against mines, wherein it incorporates a metallic plate positioned under the vehicle so as to normalize the magnetic field generated by the vehicle and/or by its elements and at least one loop positioned under the metallic plate and made of an electrically conductive material connected to an electrical supply so as to generate a magnetic field of a value substantially equal to the opposing sign of the magnetic field from the vehicle so as to render said vehicle undetectable by magnetic detection mines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Giat Industries
    Inventors: Sylvain Carlier, Benoit Pizon
  • Patent number: 7530316
    Abstract: In a method for detection and neutralization of underwater objects which are present in a sea region, in particular mines, a two-dimensional or three-dimensional image of the seabed is created by means of an unmanned first underwater vehicle during a reconnaissance mission in a sea region section by means of optical and/or acoustic sensors, and this image is evaluated for the presence of underwater objects, after completion of the reconnaissance mission. At least one underwater object which is present is marked in the image, and the image which has been provided with the object marking is stored in an unmanned second underwater vehicle, which is equipped with the same sensors and additionally with a neutralization unit. During a neutralization mission by the second underwater vehicle in the same sea region section, image elements of the seabed are created continuously by means of the sensors and are compared with the stored image of the seabed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Atlas Elektronik GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Blohm, Dirk Neumeister
  • Patent number: 7501551
    Abstract: A method for neutralization of the explosive content of mines and UXO by essentially completely consuming the explosive by combustion or decomposition before any explosion occurs. A charge of a compound that reacts with an extremely high heat-release rate is ignited on or near the casing of the device to be neutralized. The intense exothermic reaction generates high temperature combustion products that will disrupt the casing, thus leading to combustion or decomposition of the explosive. The holes melted in the mine casing enable ignition of a large area of the explosive charge and provide easy access for atmospheric air to support active burnout of the explosive. The apparatus comprises the compound that reacts with a high heat release rate, an ignition source, and a container for the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Science Applications International Corporation
    Inventors: Shmuel Eidelman, Samuel Goroshin