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Patent Information:  USPTO Site Listing

Patent Number: 7946210
Case ID: 0
Patent Title: Vehicle protective structure
Status: ACTIVE
Status Date: 8/2/2011 2:52:19 PM
Issue Date: 5/24/2011
Filed Date: 8/26/2009
Serial #: 2/547,820
Assignee Name: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy (Washington, DC)
Inventor(s): Schneider, John , Brown, Christopher , Cromwell, Robin , Lowe, Donald
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Lab Name: U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center
Location: RDAR-EIB
Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 07806-5000
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The invention generally relates to protective structures. In particular, the invention relates to protective structures used for protection against projectiles.


The invention relates to protective structures. There is a significant need for the invention as there are no protective structures available or known which provide the features and benefits of the invention.


The invention relates to protective structures. The invention relates to protective structures adapted to protect against projective weapons or fragments that in one embodiment is mounted to a vehicle to enclose at least part of an area that a weapons or apparatus operator occupies. Embodiments of the invention have an upper section which has protective overhead segments that can be locked and positioned such that an occupant of the protective structure have overhead protection as well as the ability t . . . . More
A protective structure for a vehicle having an opening on an upper surface is provided. One embodiment of the invention has at least a partial enclosure around an area defined laterally by the vehicle opening with an overhead and side protective capability. An embodiment of the invention has an overhead cover that is formed to substantially enclose a top area of the enclosure and having multiple panels that may be locked into place or opened by an occupant for exit through a top area of the enclosure. The multiple panels in this embodiment extend upwardly and inwardly from a section of the enclosure''s side walls. Ballistic windows are provided on the protective structure such that an occupant can view laterally and vertically through the enclosure and overhead cover. A shield or protective plate can be mounted on one side of the enclosure.
What is claimed is:

1. A vehicle, comprising: an opening and a turret around the opening; and a vehicle protective structure mounted to the vehicle, the vehicle protective structure including a first portion fixed to the turret and disposed around the opening; a second portion fixed to the first portion, the second portion including a plurality of ballistic windows disposed substantially vertically around the opening; and an third portion fixed to the second portion, the third portion extending upwardly and inwardly from the second portion over the opening, the third portion comprising a plurality of projectile resistant members each adapted to selectively pivot along one end of said members and couple to said second portion, said projectile resistant members further adapted to selectively couple to each other of said plurality of members on a second side of said members, said third portion further comprising one or more ballistic windows disposed on each of said plurality  . . . . More