Accession Number:

ADD020344

Title:

Apparatus and Method for Ballistic Protection of Vehicle Undercarriages

Descriptive Note:

Patent, Filed 7 Jul 2004, patented 13 Jun 2006

Corporate Author:

TACOM RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER WARREN MI

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-06-13

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

An elongate ballistic protection apparatus is described and claimed herein which has minimal weight and maximum flexibility to confirm to the most contorted and undulating ground surfaces. In use, it is immediately positioned below a military vehicle to protect the crew compartment positioned above said apparatus by extending transversely between the propulsive means and laterally along the direction of travel for the vehicle. The apparatus may detonate mines while operated by driven engagement over mine bearing terrains, but it will do so in a manner sufficient to defeat them without inducing unacceptable damages to either the vehicle or crew. Thereby, this invention provides a means to effectively disrupt the firing sequence of the explosive charges in these mines by contact with my minimal weight roller link chain. Beneficially, the blast gasses and ejects of the mine simply vents through the open areas of my chain. This is a substantial improvement over devices having solid configurations or geometries.

Subject Categories:

  • Surface Transportation and Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE