Hanwha Aerospace has filed a patent for a multi-armament control system. The system includes platforms with armaments and an operating vehicle that operates the platforms using a single controller. The operating vehicle acquires information about a target, generates a directing point position, and shares it with the platforms. The system can construct fixed or variable fire nets based on whether the target moves, assigning priority to each platform based on the target and firing range. GlobalData’s report on Hanwha Aerospace gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Multi-armament control system for coordinating platforms and targeting

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Hanwha Aerospace Co Ltd

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230314103A1) describes a multi-armament control system that aims to improve the coordination and effectiveness of multiple platforms equipped with armaments. The system includes a plurality of platforms, each with its own armament, and an operating vehicle that serves as a central controller for all the platforms.

The operating vehicle is responsible for acquiring information about a target, generating a position of the target's directing point, and sharing this information with the platforms. The platforms receive the directing point position and can construct fixed fire nets or variable fire nets based on whether the target is moving. The construction of these fire nets involves assigning priority to each platform based on the target and the firing range of their armament.

In the case of variable fire nets, the system allocates sections to the platforms based on their relative distance from the center of fire of the operating vehicle's armament. The system also adjusts the fire net range by setting an offset value and varies the range for each section over time, taking into account the moving speed of the platforms, the time period, the relative positions of the platforms with respect to the target, and the movement of the target.

The system can assign priority to the platforms based on their distance and armed status, allocate sections to the platforms based on this priority, and change the order of the sections in real-time considering the expected variation in fire net range based on the target's movement and the velocity of the platforms' armament.

The system also takes into account certain conditions when constructing the fire nets. If a platform's armament is out of the effective firing range or if there is a friendly vehicle between the platform and the target, the system does not allocate any sections to that platform.

The patent also describes a multi-armament control method that follows a similar approach. The method involves controlling the armaments of the platforms using a single controller, acquiring target information, sharing it with the platforms, constructing fire nets, and determining fire net ranges and firing order in real-time based on the fire nets and the target's movement.

Overall, this patent presents a comprehensive system and method for coordinating multiple platforms equipped with armaments, allowing for efficient and effective targeting of a common target.

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