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Publication numberUS3836968 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 17, 1974
Filing dateAug 12, 1964
Priority dateAug 12, 1964
Publication numberUS 3836968 A, US 3836968A, US-A-3836968, US3836968 A, US3836968A
InventorsSchillreff G
Original AssigneeGen Dynamics Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Counter measures system
US 3836968 A
Abstract
6. A system for providing protective cover for a craft subject to attack comprising: electronic apparatus adapted for receiving signals from a possible attacker, apparatus operatively connected with said electronic apparatus for indicating the position of an attacker, decoy dispensing means, means for controlling said decoy dispensing means, said decoy dispensing means being adapted to launch infrared and microwave-reflecting decoys, and means for intermittently illuminating said microwave reflecting decoys with energy corresponding in frequency and phase with the signals received from an attacker, said illuminating means being operatively connected to said controlling means.
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United States Patent Schillreff Sept. 17, 1974 COUNTER MEASURES SYSTEM 3,127,608 3/1964 Eldredge 343 18 [7 Inventor: ge H. Sc re Gle ora, 3,143,965 8/1964 Pomte lO2/34.4

Cahf' Primary ExaminerRichard A. Farley [73] Assignee: General Dynamics Corporation,

Pomcma, Calif' EXEMPLARY CLAIM [22] Fled: 1964 6. A system for providing protective cover for a craft [21] Appl, No; 389,525 subject to attack comprising: electronic apparatus adapted for receiving signals from a possible attacker, apparatus operatively connected with said electronic [52] U.S. Cl 343/18 E, 343/18 B apparatus for indicating the position of an attacker, [51] hit. Cl. H04k decoy dispensing means means for controlling i [58] meld of Search 343/18 18 18 18 decoy dispensing means, said decoy dispensing means 102/344 89/17 being adapted to launch infrared and microwavereflecting decoys, and means for intermittently illumi- [56] References C'ted nating said microwave reflecting decoys with energy U TED S S PATENTS corresponding in frequency and phase with the signals 3,031,932 5/1962 Fite, Jr 89/l.7 re eiv d rom a a t k aid lum nat ng m ans 3,056,351 10/1962 Bares l02/34.4 being operatively connected to said controlling means. 3,068,472 12/1962 DellAria 343/18 3,088,373 5/1963 Robert et al 89/l.7 8 Claims, 5 Drawlng Flgures 9 5 Decoy ,D/s ensed n 070 A 1 P6 e 7 2 g i 15 I l gijnsea Jec'a;S

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INVENTOR. BY firraeusy PATENTED SEP 1 71974 sum 3 or 3 MXMUUQ Q a N a xmmw hlll I w m TM w m; 4 m ma COUNTER MEASURES SYSTEM This invention relates to countermeasures systems, and more particularly to a system for providing a protective cover for war ships against homing and/or fire control devices operating upon infrared or microwaveretlected energy.

It is well known that many missiles are capable of homing on objects which emit infrared or microwavereflected energy. If there is more than one energy radiating object within the homing cone of the missile, the point it will target on will depend on the intensity, distance to, and distribution of the several energy sources. This invention is directed to a system for dispensing infrared and/of microwave-reflected energy by firing a projectile or a plurality thereof from ships or the like which carries the energy sources and dispenses the same at a predetermined point in time or position along its trajectory or path of travel whereby these additional energy sources confuse the sensor system of the incoming missile and divert it from its intended target.

Therefore, it is an object of this invention to provide a countermeasure system.

Another object of the invention is to provide a countermeasure system for providing a protection cover for craft against homing and/or fire control devices operating upon infrared or microwave-reflected energy.

Another object of the invention is to provide a countermeasure system including means for dispensing infrared and/or microwave-reflected energy sources for confusing the homing devices.

These and other objects of the invention will become readily apparent from the following description and accompanying drawings wherein:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a craft utilizing the invention;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the decoy launcher of the invention;

FIG. 3 is a view partially in cross-section of a decoy round of the invention;

FIG. 4 is a view partially in cross-section of decoy round for sonar applications; and

FIG. 5 is a block diagram illustrating the invention.

This invention broadly relates to a system for providing a protective cover for craft such as war ships against homing devices operating upon infrared on microwavereflected energy. Specifically, the warship is provided with decoy launchers which fire a round containing chaff and infrared pellets into the area surrounding the vessel, the chaff being of three bands x, s, and c and being adapted to form an artificial cloud which can be intermittently illuminated by shipboard radar. The cover devices are operated from a countermeasure 'control console.

Referring now to the drawing, FIG. 1 shows a warship l0 incorporating a fast reaction fighting system (FRFS) which includes sensors, computers, launchers, and missiles for effectively conducting anti-air and anti-surface ship combat. A modern volume scanning radar indicated generally at 11 is employed as the primary input. Target information from the primary radar 11 is processed for display by a digital computer (not shown). Target tracks and predicted tracks as generated in the digital computer are used to analyze the battle situation. In addition to providing the information for data displays, the same track predictions from the digital computer are used to provide information for aiming target illuminators, for aiming a missile launcher 12, and for generating prelaunch instructions for the missile which may be of the Tartar guided missile class.

To maintain the fighting ability of the FRFS in a heavy countermeasures environment, a countermeasures/counter-counter-measures control center is included. All enemy countermeasures (ECM) information is collected and displayed at this control display console. The operator then has the option of selecting the optimum counter-countermeasures (CCM) mode for the equipment being jammed, or alternately, to establish countermeasures of his own to confuse the enemy or to cause the enemy to withdraw his countermeasure pressure.

An aggressive and resourceful enemy will present a countermeasure (CM) situation to the FRFS which varies from engagement to engagement over the full range of his technological capability. Any CM scheme he uses which fails will be rapidly supplanted by one which is different and therefore has a greater chance for success.

The CM/CCM portion of the FRFS is designed to allow a flexible reaction to changing enemy tactics and strategies. Information concerning the enemys jamming and the general tactical situation is fed to a central point. Analysis of this information allows a rapid determination of the best strategy. A combination of multiple receivers, decoys, and RF jamming transmitters allows facilitation of the selected strategy.

The CM portion of the system is designed to deceive, confuse, and/or deny information to the enemy. The CCM portion of the system is designed to gain information the enemy is trying to conceal.

The CM operator has the option of trying to deceive, confuse or deny information to the enemy by the use of the following techniques:

1'. Deception a. Chaff and infrared decoys can be launched.

b. The decoys can be enhanced by RF illuminators.

c. Multiple target response can be transmittergenerated.

2. Confusion a. Conical scan inversion responses can be transmitted.

b. Range gate-stealing or track-breaking modulated RF can be transmitted.

c. With consort ship cooperation, blinking of jammers of each type can be produced.

3. Denial a. Selective, programmed or responsive barrage jamming can be provided.

b. Spot, multi-spot or enhanced multi-spot jamming can be provided.

c. Smoke generators for visual denial are available.

d. Many chaff decoys can be launched toward the enemy to screen and prevent radar penetration.

e. Directional antennas can be employed on the intership link (aimed by track information from central computer).

The CCM operator has a number of ways to gain information the enemy is trying to conceal. These methods can be grouped into those based on frequency diversity, geometry, burn-through, or the use of homeon-jamming.

1. Diversity a. Radar receivers b. Stabilized optical sight 2. Geometry a. Directional antennas of known pattern on each radar receiver.

b. Two servo-driven parabolic dish antennas (port and starboard).

c. Angular information on jammers from consort ship allowing triangulation.

3. Burn-through a. Long pulse burn-through mode on primary 3D radar.

b. Can use maximum power (flight time duty factor) from single illuminator.

4. Home-on-Jam a. The Tartar missiles Home-on-Jam" mode will allow destruction of X-band jamming targets within range.

This invention is directed primarily to the countermeasure (CM) system of the fast reaction fighting system (FRFS) and specifically to the deception techniques utilizing infrared and RF chaff decoys which can be enhanced by RF illuminators. Ship is provided with a plurality of multicell mortar type decoy dispensers or launchers 13 (shown in detail in FIG. 2). As shown in FIG. 1, dispensers or launchers 13 are mounted starboard and port in the forward end of main superstructure l4 and on the outboard thereof (only the starboard outboard launcher being shown). Launchers 13 may also be positioned in the aft portion of ship 10. Each launcher is operatively connected into the firing circuit connectors and the intervalometer (not shown). Data as to number of rounds fired is automatically displayed on the CM control console launcher status panel (not shown). Fail safe and automatic protection for the magazine handling crew is provided.

Launcher or dispenser 13, as shown in FIG. 2, comprises a mounting base 15 and a disposable launcher portion 16, portion 16 being provided with a plurality of mortar-like cells 17. Each of cells 17 is adapted to fire decoy rounds 18 shown and described with respect to FIG. 3.

As shown in FIG. 3, decoy rounds 18 are combination chaff and infrared rounds, the chaff being radiant energy-reflecting metallic particles such as aluminum, for example, which are quickly and widely scattered so that an effective radar target is promptly obtained. Rounds 18 are self-contained mortar-type projectiles. Each round 18 carries two C-, 5-, and X-band chaff bundles 19, a bundle of infrared (sodium or potassium pellets) candles 20, a launch charge 21, three expelling charges 22 for bundles 19 and 20, and necessary wiring all contained within a casing 23. A separator plate 24 is positioned between an expelling charge 22 and the adjacent decoy bundle; while a plate 25 separates the launch charge 21 from the wiring connections adjacent the aft separator plate 24. The decoy rounds 18 are electrically fired by the CM controller as individual rounds, in intervalometer timed automatic sequences, or as massive simultaneous launches where all fore, aft, port and starboard rounds are fired simultaneously. Each round is automatically fused at launch to fire the chaff and infrared bundles l9 and at or near the apogee of the flight path or at a preset altitude. The individual expelling or powder charges between each bundle are fired to separate and deploy the payload. Each decoy round 18 produces a radar and infrared target similar to the launching ship 10.

As shown in FIG. 1, decoy rounds 18 having been fired from launchers 13 of ship 10 disintegrate by the explosion of charges 22 and disperse the chaff l9 and infrared candles 20 at a predetermined distance from the ship where the chaff spreads due to the air currents, and creates microwave or infrared-sensing targets thereby providing a deceptive countermeasure system against an impending attack.

Referring now to FIG. 4, an embodiment of a decoy round 18' is provided for applications above and beneath the water. The round 18 comprises a propellant charge attached to a decoy cartridge casing 31. Casing 31 contains ballast material 32, a sub-surface load chamber 33, an above-surface load chamber 34, a delay fuse 35 interconnecting chambers 33 and 34, a fuze initiator 36, a delay fuze 37 interconnecting initiator 36 and chamber 34, an electric squib 38 operatively connected with initiator 36, a fuze 39 interconnecting propellant charge 30 with initiator 36, a fuze 40 interconnected delay fuzes 35 and 37, and electric wiring 41 connected to squib 38. Wiring 4] is removably connected to electrical leads 42 which extend into casing 31 and which are connected with a battery 43 through a switch 44 and electronic apparatus 45. Sub-surface load chamber 33 includes a dispensing explosive charge 46 which is adapted to be fired by a fuze 47 connected with delay fuze 35, a pair of lithium hydroxide capsule containers 48, and a lithium powder container 49. The above-surface load chamber 34 includes a dispensing explosive charge 50 which is adapted to be fired by fuze 40, and a pair of lithium hydroxide capsule containers 51.

In operation. closing of switch 44 directs electrical energy from battery 43 through leads 42 and wires 41 to the electric squib 38 which activates fuze initiator 36 which ignites fuze 39 and delay fuze 37. Ignition of fuze 39 fires the propellant charge 30 which propells the round 18' from launcher or dispenser 13 into a predetermined trajectory. At a certain point in the trajectory of the round, delay fuze 37 ignites fuze 40 which in turn ignites the dispensing explosive charge 50 which disintegrates containers 51 and dispenses the lithium hydroxide capsules above the surface of the water. Ignition of fuze 40 also ignited delay fuze 35. The remainder of the round, namely, chamber 33 and ballast 32 enters the water while delay fuze 35 is burning. At a predetermined time after the chamber 33 enters the water delay fuze 35 ignites fuze 47 which in turn ignites the dispensing explosive charge 46 which disintegrates containers 48 and 49 and dispenses the lithium hydroxide capsules and the lithium powder under the surface of the water, thus generating bubbles in the water for sonar deception.

The control system of the invention as shown in FIG. 5 comprsies a control center or console which controls the operation of decoy dispenser or launcher 13 which, when activated, fires decoys 18 and/or 18' as described above. The radio frequency (RF) chaff 19 (see FIG. 1) dispensed by decoy round 18 can be intermittently illuminated by a shipboard traveling-wave tube broad band coherent receiver/transmitter (TWT) 61 having an antenna 62 mounted on superstructure 14 of ship 10. The RF energy being transmitted by the TWT 61 and antenna 62 corresponds discretely in frequency and phase with that being received from enemy radars, as presently described. The effect will be equivalent to multiple-blinking coherent jammers which will provide a curtain of confusion in front or surrounding the ship. The transmitted RF energy to the TWT 61 is modulated by modulator 63. Signals from an invader or target 64 are received by primary radar ll, processed through an RF receiver 65 to a plan position indicator (PPI) 66, whereby a visual indication of the invader 64 is observed at the control center or console 60.

In operation, when a signal of an approaching invader or target 64 is received by the primary radar 11, it is processed through RF receiver 65 to the plan position indicator 66 of control console 60. The controller or operator at the console 60 determines the type of countermeasures necessary and if the deceptive technique is to be utilized the controller activates the dispenser or launcher 13 to fire decoy rounds 18 and/or 18' as individual rounds in automatic sequence, or all fore, aft, port and starboard rounds fired simultaneously, or any combination thereof. Firing of decoys 18, for example, dispenses RF chaff bundles l9 and infrared bundles 20 (see FIG. 3) as shown in FIG. 1 which spread out due to wind current, etc. On command from control console 60, the RF chaff 19 can be intermittently illuminated by the TWT 61 through antenna 62 at an energy level which corresponds discretely in frequency and phase with the signal received from invader or target 64. Thus as the plurality of dispersed RF chaff bundles 19 are illuminated the enemy sensor picks up blips from each illuminated bundle thereby confusing the homing system and diverting the invader from its initial course and proposed target. The infrared decoy bundles 20 similarly function to confuse an approaching invader utilizing a homing system sensitive to infrared energy.

While the invention has been described with respect to a ship incorporating the fast reaction fighting system, it may be utilized on any type of ship or the launcher and rounds may be of the portable" type and thus utilized in a variety of applications. Also, the FIG. 4 embodiment may be of the same general configuration as the FIG. 3 embodiment. In addition, the rounds may contain only infrared, sonar, or microwave-reflecting decoys or any combination thereof.

It has thus been shown that this invention provides an effective and yet relatively simple and inexpensive countermeasure system for providing a protective cover for craft, such as war ships, against homing devices operating upon infrared or microwave-reflected energy. While the invention has been illustrated and described with respect to a war ship, it can be effectively used for any land, sea or air vehicle requiring protection from homing devices operating on infrared or microwave-reflected energy.

While particular embodiments have been illustrated and described, modifications thereof will be readily apparent to persons skilled in the art. and it is intended to cover in the appended claims all such modifications as come within the spirit and scope of the invention.

What I claim is:

l. A system for providing protective cover for a craft comprising: detecting apparatus adapted for indicating a possible invader, control apparatus, dispenser apparatus for dispensing decoys operatively connected to said control apparatus, and means operatively connected to said control apparatus for intermittently illuminating certain of said decoys, whereby a possible invader may be thereby deceived and confused.

2. Apparatus for dispensing infrared and microwavereflecting decoys comprising a control console and decoy dispensing means in combination with means for intermittently illuminating said microwavereflecting decoys, said decoy dispensing means and said illuminating means being operatively connected to said control console.

3. A system for providing protective cover for a craft subject to enemy attack comprising: means adapted for receiving signals from an invader, means operatively connected to said receiving means for indicating the position of an invader, decoy launching means, means for controlling said decoy launching means, said decoy launching means being adapted to launch infrared, s0- nar, and microwave-reflecting decoys, and means operatively connected to said controlling means for intermittently illuminating said microwave reflecting decoys, whereby an invader as indicated may be deceived and confused by a protective cover.

4. The system defined in claim 3, wherein said last named means includes a traveling-wave tube means and an antenna means.

5. The system defined in claim 3, wherein the microwave reflecting decoys are illuminated with RF energy Corresponding discretely in frequency and phase with the signals received from an invader.

6. A system for providing protective cover for a carft subject to attack comprising: electronic apparatus adapted for receiving signals from a possible attacker, apparatus operatively connected with said electronic apparatus for indicating the position of an attacker, decoy dispensing means, means for controlling said decoy dispensing means, said decoy dispensing means being adapted to launch infrared and microwavereflecting decoys, and means for intermittently illuminating said microwave reflecting decoys with energy corresponding in frequency and phase with the signals received from an attacker, said illuminating means being operatively connected to said controlling means.

7. The system defined in claim 6, wherein said illuminating means includes a traveling-wave tube unit and an antenna means.

8. The system defined in claim 6, wherein said decoy dispensing means is additionally adapted to launch sonar reflecting decoys.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification342/12, 89/41.7, 342/15
International ClassificationG01S7/38
Cooperative ClassificationG01S7/38
European ClassificationG01S7/38