Accession Number:

ADD009089

Title:

Launch Tube Closure.

Descriptive Note:

Patent,

Corporate Author:

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-11-24

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

This patent describes a closure for a missile launch tube comprising frangible glass ribs mounted on a support ring of the tube to form a dome shaped closure. The ribs are joined to one another externally of and on the longitudinal axis of the launch tube, and a plastic or polymeric cover is mounted on and encloses the glass ribs. The external surface of the plastic cover is provided with a linear-shaped explosive charge and detonator. When the missile begins to move in the launch tube, the detonator is fired to detonate the linear-shaped explosive charge which cuts the plastic and fragments the glass ribs into small granules. The missile may then exit the launch tube without obstruction.

Subject Categories:

  • Guided Missile Launching and Basing Support
  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE