Patent Yogi brings us this week the plot of the movie #BlackHawkdown revolves around a Black Hawk Super Six-One helicopter, which is shot down by an enemy rocket-propelled grenade (#RPG) and crashes deep within the city. The movies shows the struggle of the ground forces trying to reach the crash site to rescue the survivors of the crash.
This week #Boeing patented a cool technique to save helicopters from #RPGattacks.
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A helicopter operating in a war region detects an approaching RPG. Immediately, the helicopter fires an interceptor from a countermeasure launcher installed on the helicopter. The #interceptor may be a rocket, missile, mortar, or other projectile, guided or unguided.
When the interceptor reaches near the RPG, it deploys a flexible net of sufficient strength to capture or otherwise deflect the incoming RPG.
US 9, 074, 858
Projectile-deployed countermeasure system
Inventors: Yee; Dennis (Mill Creek, WA), Williams; Timothy L. (Burien, WA)
Assignee: The Boeing Company (Chicago, IL)
Family ID: 1000001198612
Appl. No.: 13/682, 256
Filed: November 20, 2012
Systems and methods described herein provide for the protection of personnel within vehicles and structures from rocket-propelled grenades and other incoming threats. According to one aspect of the disclosure provided herein, a countermeasure system includes an interceptor vehicle configured to stow and launch an expandable countermeasure. The countermeasure may have a flexible body with attached deployment mechanisms that expand the flexible body into the path of an incoming threat to capture the threat.