DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON DC
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This invention relates to fuzes for ordnance missiles. The invention provides electronic ordnance fuzes in which data relating to the trajectories and velocities of missile and target are fed to electronic computers the computers use these data to cause detonation of the missile at the most effective instant. The invention is particularly applicable to guided missiles. The principal object of my invention is to provide an improved electronic fuze for ordnance missiles, particularly guided missiles, that will cause detonation of the missile at the optimum time for maximum effectiveness against an aerial target, regardless of the relative trajectory and velocity of the target. Briefly, I attain this object by means of a fuze that makes a plurality of measurements of fuze-to-target distance, of target angle with respect to the missile axis, and of time intervals between measurement points. These data, in electrical form, are supplied to an electronic computer, which predicts the course of the missile relative to the target, determines the best position for missile detonation, and causes detonation when this position is reached.
- Guided Missile Warheads and Fuzes