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US7104496: Active protection device and associated apparatus, system, and method

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Inventor(s) Yu-Wen Chang ·
Assignee(s) Chang Industry, Inc. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Alston & Bird LLP ·
Primary Examiner Bernarr E. Gregory ·
Application Number US11225814
Filing date 09/13/2005
Issue date 09/12/2006
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 02/26/2024
U.S. Classifications 244/319  · 102/475  · 244/314  · 244/315  · 89/111  · 102/400  · 102/473  · 244/311  · 102/501  · 342/52  · 342/54  · 342/61  · 342/62  · 244/31  ·
International Classifications F41G700  · F42B1501  · G01S1300  ·
Kind CodeB2
Related U.S. Application DataCROSS-REFERENCES TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
This application is a continuation-in-part of copending U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/787,843, filed on Feb. 26, 2004, which is hereby incorporated herein in its entirety by reference.
42 Claims, 10 Drawings


Abstract

An interceptor device for protecting a platform against an incoming threat is provided. The interceptor device comprises a housing and a countermeasure device. At least one detonating charge is capable of deploying the countermeasure device. A controller device housed by the housing is capable of directing the detonating charge(s) to deploy the countermeasure device at least partially radially outward of the housing, corresponding to the threat trajectory. A sensor device is in communication with the controller device, and comprises a range-finding apparatus including one of a LADAR, a RADAR, and a LIDAR device, capable of sensing the threat and/or a range thereof, at least partially radially outward of the housing, and notifying the controller device if the threat is sensed, to cause the controller device to direct the detonating charge(s) to deploy the countermeasure device to impact the threat in the intercept zone. Associated systems, and methods are also provided.

Independent Claims | See all claims (42)

  1. 1. An interceptor device adapted to protect a platform associated therewith against an incoming threat having a trajectory by intercepting the threat in an intercept zone, said interceptor device comprising: a housing defining an axis; a countermeasure device operably engaged with the housing; at least one detonating charge housed by the housing and operably engaged with and capable of deploying the countermeasure device; a controller device in communication with the at least one detonating charge, the controller device being housed by the housing and configured to be capable of directing the at least one detonating charge to deploy the countermeasure device at least partially radially outward with respect to the axis of the housing and in correspondence with the trajectory of the threat; and a second sensor device operably engaged with the housing and in communication with the controller device, the second sensor device comprising a range-finding apparatus including at least one of a laser detection and ranging device (LADAR), a radio detection and ranging device (RADAR), and a light detection and ranging device (LIDAR), configured to be capable of sensing one of the threat and a range thereof, at least partially radially outward of the housing, and notifying the controller device if the threat is sensed, so as to cause the controller device to direct the at least one detonating charge to deploy the countermeasure device to impact the threat in the intercept zone.
  2. 16. A defensive weapon system adapted to protect a platform associated therewith against an incoming threat having a trajectory by intercepting the threat in an intercept zone, said weapon system comprising: a cuing sensor adapted to be capable of sensing the threat; and an interceptor device in communication with the cuing sensor and adapted to be deployed in response to the threat sensed thereby, the interceptor device comprising: a housing defining an axis; a countermeasure device operably engaged with the housing; at least one detonating charge housed by the housing and operably engaged with and capable of deploying the countermeasure device; a controller device in communication with the at least one detonating charge, the controller device being housed by the housing and configured to be capable of directing the at least one detonating charge to deploy the countermeasure device at least partially radially outward with respect to the axis of the housing and in correspondence with the trajectory of the threat; and a sensor device operably engaged with the housing and in communication with the controller device, the sensor device comprising a range-finding apparatus including at least one of a laser detection and ranging device (LADAR), a radio detection and ranging device (RADAR), and a light detection and ranging device (LIDAR), configured to be capable of sensing one of the threat and a range thereof, at least partially radially outward of the housing, and notifying the controller device if the threat is sensed, so as to cause the controller device to direct the at least one detonating charge to deploy the countermeasure device to impact the threat in the intercept zone.
  3. 29. A method of intercepting an incoming threat having a trajectory, said method comprising: launching an interceptor device from a launching device so as to intercept the threat in an intercept zone, the interceptor device comprising: a housing defining an axis; a countermeasure device operably engaged with the housing; at least one detonating charge housed by the housing and operably engaged with and capable of deploying the countermeasure device; a controller device housed by the housing and configured to be in communication with the at least one detonating charge; and a sensor device operably engaged with the housing and in communication with the controller device, the sensor device comprising a range-finding apparatus including at least one of a laser detection and ranging device (LADAR), a radio detection and ranging device (RADAR), and a light detection and ranging device (LIDAR), configured to be capable of sensing one of the threat and a range thereof, at least partially radially outward of the housing, and notifying the controller device if the threat is sensed; and actuating the at least one detonating charge with the controller device, in response to the sensor device, so as to deploy the countermeasure device at least partially radially outward with respect to the axis of the housing and in correspondence with the trajectory of the threat to thereby cause the countermeasure to impact the threat in the intercept zone.

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