Rheinmetall has been granted a patent for a deflecting device that can deflect belt links of different ammunition used on vehicles. The device includes a deflecting surface on a soft and flexible underlying surface, and can be secured to a vehicle or turret using a fastening element. GlobalData’s report on Rheinmetall gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.
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A deflecting device for deflecting belt links on vehicles
A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11774209B2) describes a system for a vehicle that includes a mission module, a rotatable turret, and a weapon with an ejection point for belt links from weapon ammunition. The system also includes a deflecting device with at least one deflecting surface and at least one fastening element. The deflecting surface is arranged on an underlying surface, which is provided at the rear side of the deflecting surface. The deflecting device is fastened to the turret using the fastening element, and the underlying surface is arranged towards the mission module.
The patent claims also describe additional features of the deflecting device. It mentions that the deflecting device may have peripheral surfaces arranged laterally on the deflecting surface. These peripheral surfaces and the deflecting surface may run obliquely to the underlying surface, with the distance from the underlying surface to the deflecting surface diminishing towards one side of the underlying surface. The deflecting surface and/or the peripheral surfaces may be made of hardened metal. The underlying surface, on the other hand, may be made of soft rubber and have recesses that allow for greater deformability.
The patent also mentions that the deflecting device can be fastened to the turret on one side in the region of the ejection point. It may include a peripheral surface arranged laterally on the deflecting surface, and at least one boundary may be arranged on a side of the deflecting surface or peripheral surface that does not face the ejection point. The deflecting surface may run obliquely from the ejection point to the underlying surface, with the distance from the underlying surface to the deflecting surface diminishing towards one side of the underlying surface.
Additionally, the patent claims state that the underlying surface comes into contact with the mission module, and at least one side of the deflecting device may project beyond the lateral dimension of the mission module.
Overall, this patent describes a system for a vehicle that includes a deflecting device for belt links from weapon ammunition. The deflecting device is designed with specific features such as deflecting surfaces, peripheral surfaces, and fastening elements to ensure efficient and effective deflection of the belt links. The use of materials like hardened metal and soft rubber, along with the arrangement of the deflecting surfaces, allows for optimal performance of the system.