Saab has been granted a patent for an ejecting system that dispenses countermeasures. The system includes a magazine with expendable cartridges, a magazine feeding mechanism, a dispensing means with an electrical connector arrangement, and a positioning mechanism to move the dispensing means and magazine to a protruding position for dispensing countermeasures. GlobalData’s report on Saab gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.
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Ejecting system for dispensing countermeasures
The granted patent (Publication Number: US11685526B2) describes an ejecting system for dispensing countermeasures. The system includes a magazine with expendable cartridges, a magazine feeding mechanism, a dispensing means, and a positioning mechanism. The magazine is moved from a stored position to a loaded position by the feeding mechanism, and the dispensing means holds the magazine in the loaded position. The first positioning mechanism then moves the dispensing means and the magazine to a protruding position, allowing for the dispensing of countermeasures away from the system.
In one embodiment, the magazine moves along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction when transitioning from the loaded position to the protruding position. The dispensing means includes an eccentric mechanism that attaches the magazine to an electrical connector arrangement by engaging with the transporting rack of the magazine. The dispensing means also includes a bracket and a magazine housing, with the second positioning mechanism allowing for rotation of the bracket and the magazine housing around different rotational axes.
The system is designed to be fully enclosed in a storage compartment, with a hatch that opens to allow the dispensing means to move into the protruded position. The patent also mentions that the ejecting system can be used in a vehicle, particularly an airborne vehicle, where the magazines are stored inside the vehicle's body and protrude outwardly when in the protruded position.
The patent also includes a method for preparing the magazine for a countermeasure operation. The method involves actuating the magazine feeding mechanism to transport the magazine, receiving the magazine in the dispensing means, locking the magazine in the dispensing means using the electrical connector arrangement, moving the magazine to the protruded position using the first positioning mechanism, and rotating the magazine about one or more axes using the dispensing mechanism.
Overall, the granted patent describes an ejecting system and method that allows for the efficient dispensing of countermeasures from a magazine in various positions, particularly in a fully enclosed storage compartment of a vehicle.