Line Charge Assembly and System for Use in Shallow-Water Clearing Operations
Patent applications, Filed 16 Feb 2001
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A line charge assembly and system are provided for use in a shallow-water obstruction clearing operation. Each assembly has a propulsion unit capable of flight through the air, a line charge array, an air-safed water-armed fuze, and at least one explosive diode. The line charge array is defined by a plurality of line charges successively coupled to one another by a line capable of transferring detonation energy therealong successively to each of the line charges. One end of the line charge array is coupled to the propulsion unit and the other end is coupled to the fuze. The fuze is capable of generating the detonation energy only when in water. The explosive diode is positioned in the line charge array to limit transfer of the detonation energy in a direction of propagation running from the fuze to the propulsion unit. The system utilizes a plurality of the line charge assemblies deployed over an area. If a line charge assembly has a dud fuze, the explosive diode prevents the back propagation of sympathetic detonation energy to any of the assemblys line charges that reside between the dud fuze and explosive diode.
- Ammunition and Explosives