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Patent 7927102 Click For Printable Version of This Patent
Patent Information:  USPTO Site Listing

Patent Number: 7927102
Case ID: 0
Patent Title: Simulation devices and systems for rocket propelled grenades and other weapons
Status: ACTIVE
Status Date: 8/2/2011 2:57:40 PM
Issue Date: 4/19/2011
Filed Date: 1/12/2006
Serial #: 1/330,902
Assignee Name: Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Inventor(s): Jones, Giles D. , Ha, Quang K. , Ourn, Lee , Jannati, Samon
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Lab Name: U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center
Location: RDAR-EIB
Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 07806-5000
Contact: Contact Lab About This Patent
   
Description:
FIELD OF THE INVENTION

Embodiments of the invention generally relate to devices, systems, and methods for simulating the operation and effect of various weapons, especially explosive weapons, during military training exercises. More particularly, the invention relates to devices, systems and methods for simulating the operation and effect of weapons such as rocket propelled grenades (RPG''s) in a laser-based battle simulation environment

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

At present, in live battlefield military operations in areas such as the Middle East, opposing forces using weapons such as the rocket-propelled-grenade (RPG) are presenting a significant threat to U.S. military forces stationed there. In an RPG weapon, a relatively small rocket charge is mounted in a tube, together with a grenade, which can then be aimed and launched at a target. One example of a commercially available RPG device is the RPG-7, which has been manufactured in a number of countrie . . . . More
Abstract:
A rocket propelled grenade (RPG) simulation device usable with a laser detector is provided. The RPG simulation device comprises a laser transmitter, a switch, a controller, and a housing. The laser transmitter is capable of directing a laser signal to the laser detector, the laser signal comprising information readable by the laser detector, to simulate a launch of a rocket propelled grenade from the RPG simulation device to the laser detector. The switch permits a user to trigger a laser signal from the laser transmitter. The controller is in operable communication with the laser transmitter and the switch, and the controller is operable to respond to triggering of the switch and to simulate the launch of a rocket propelled grenade by directing the laser transmitter to generate and transmit a laser signal. The RPG simulation device can further comprise an anti-tank weapons effect systems simulator (ATWESS) in operable  . . . . More
Claims:
The invention claimed is:

1. A rocket propelled grenade (RPG) simulation device usable with a laser detector, the RPG simulation device comprising: a first housing simulating at least one predetermined physical characteristic of an actual RPG device, the first housing coupled to a laser transmitter, an anti-tank weapons effect system simulator (ATWESS), a set of user controls, and a controller; a dual-function laser assembly disposed within the first housing, the dual-function laser assembly comprising a dual-function laser housing within which first and second laser transmitters are disposed, wherein the first laser transmitter generates a laser alignment signal, upon receipt of a first control signal, and the second laser transmitter generates a laser simulation signal directed to the laser detector, upon receipt of a second control signal, the laser simulation signal comprising information readable by the laser detector to simulate a launch of a rocket propelled grenade fr . . . . More