General Dynamics has patented a tracer projectile design with a closure disk assembly. The projectile base contains a tracer cavity with a pyrotechnic charge for visibility. The closure disk assembly seals the cavity, supported by a ring flange and secured by a retaining element. GlobalData’s report on General Dynamics gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on General Dynamics, Fuel transport marine vessels was a key innovation area identified from patents. General Dynamics's grant share as of April 2024 was 80%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Tracer projectile with closure disk assembly for visibility

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: General Dynamics Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11965721B2) discloses a tracer projectile designed to provide visibility to the trajectory of a fired projectile. The tracer projectile comprises a projectile with a tracer cavity in the base, a pyrotechnic charge ignitable by burning propellant, and a closure disk assembly covering the tracer cavity. The assembly includes a thin-walled crown, a sidewall, and a rim supported by a ring flange on the projectile base. A retaining element secures the closure disk assembly to the projectile base over the tracer cavity, with variations in the design such as a crimp set, tapered crimping flange, or split ring for this purpose.

Furthermore, the patent details a tracer projectile with a projectile body featuring an ogive, driving band, and base section with a tracer cavity and annular groove. Similar to the previous design, a pyrotechnic charge, closure disk assembly, and retaining element are included for visibility of the projectile trajectory upon firing. The closure disk assembly can be made of various materials such as metal or polymeric material, catering to different caliber ranges from medium to large projectiles. The projectile body may also incorporate fins for stabilization during flight, enhancing the overall performance of the tracer projectile.

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