Patent, filed 18 May 73, patented 27 Nov 90,
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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An unmanned, self-propelled minesweeping apparatus, capable of sweeping at substantial depths, is described, comprising a torpedo-like submarine vehicle that deploys and tows a string of explosive mooring cable cutters terminating in a sea anchor. The sea anchor serves as a carrier for the cutters and the towline and, after ejection as a package from the vehicle, is actuated to an expanded condition and displaces the cutters and coils of towline therefrom. Keywords Patents Underwater mines Minesweeping equipment Unmanned submarines Self propelled minesweepers Moored mines Mine clearance Cable cutting devices.
- Underwater Ordnance