Conformal Detachable Platform Array.
Patent, Filed 25 Sep 97, Patented 12 Oct 99
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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The invention provides a system for attaching one or more unmanned, hydrodynamically shaped, autonomous, undersea platforms to the bow of a submarine. An array of depressions, each matching the shape of the platforms, is provided in the bow of the submarine, equally spaced about the circumference of the submarine. Once seated in the depressions and attached to the submarine, the platforms provide a smooth, hydrodynamic shape to the bow of the submarine. Additionally, conformal arrays on the platforms mate with conformal arrays on the bow of the submarine to form a continuous conformal array and the platforms weapons systems provide the submarine with forward deployed weapons when the platforms are attached. A platform is launched by detaching it from the submarine bow and raising the leading edge of the platform slightly into the water flow around the bow hydrodynamic forces lift the platform away from the submarine for an acoustically quiet launch.
- Numerical Mathematics
- Submarine Engineering
- Fluid Mechanics