Impulse Cartridge

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Infrared (IR) guided missiles are very difficult to find as they approach aircraft. In most cases, pilots must rely on their wingmen to spot the missile's smoke trail. Once the presence of an IR seeking missile is detected, IR countermeasures are deployed as a defense or as a preemptive decoy.

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), has designed, patented and deployed a multiple-bay ejection system that facilitates the ejection of a payload capable of capturing an IR seeking sensor's attention and distracting it from the aircraft. This system provides additional payloads that eliminate the need for reloading, provide the ability to release more than one decoy, and work with existing IR decoy technology. Along with this multiple bay ejection system, NSWC Crane has also crafted a dual impulse cartridge that is electrically initiated to provide an ignition source for the payloads. This innovative new impulse cartridge is capable of ejecting two independent payloads with increased reliability.

-Multiple payloads
-Reduces reloading
-No retrofitting

Potential Applications:
Sep 28, 2010
Utility Patent
United States
Feb 5, 2013
Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization
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