Patent, Filed 3 Dec 81, patented 3 Apr 84,
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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The present invention relates to a launch mechanism for launching a store from a vehicle such as an aircraft. The store is stored in a controlled manner close to the body of the aircraft and, in preparation for launch, is displaced in an arcuate or circular trajectory away fro the vehicle by a swing arm pivotally constrained to the vehicle. A release mechanism is provided at the distal end of the swing arm for controlled securement and release of the store.