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Title:
WEAPON MOUNT
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2008/111948
Kind Code:
A3
Abstract:
A mount system including a tray mountable to a port and a table translatable with respect to the tray. A mounting station is positioned on the table. There is a support for the tray. A drive mechanism translates the table to alternately conceal the mounting station within the port and to deploy the mounting station through the port.

Inventors:
CARROLL ALF L (US)
CHALOUPKA DONALD L (US)
JONES PAUL G (US)
HOFFMAN KATHERINE E (US)
Application Number:
PCT/US2007/015314
Publication Date:
November 27, 2008
Filing Date:
June 29, 2007
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
RAYTHEON CO (US)
CARROLL ALF L (US)
CHALOUPKA DONALD L (US)
JONES PAUL G (US)
HOFFMAN KATHERINE E (US)
International Classes:
F41A23/00
Foreign References:
US6877266B12005-04-12
US4580483A1986-04-08
US7210391B22007-05-01
US0473939A1892-05-03
US6250196B12001-06-26
US6616097B22003-09-09
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
TESKA, Kirk, C. et al. (260 Bear Hill RoadWaltham, MA, US)
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Claims:

1. A mount system comprising:

a tray mountable to a port;

a table translatable with respect to the tray;

a mounting station positioned on the table; a support for the tray; and

a drive mechanism for translating the table to alternately conceal the

mounting station within the port and to deploy the mounting station through the port.

2. The mount system of claim 1 in which the tray includes at least one rail

and the table rides on the rail.

3. The mount system of claim 2 in which the tray includes a pair of spaced rails and the table includes shoes which engage the rails.

4. The mount system of claim 1 in which the drive mechanism includes a

threaded rod extending along the tray and the table includes a nut engaging the

threaded rod.

5. The mount system of claim 4 in which the nut is positioned on an

underside of the table.

6. The mount system of claim 4 further including a handle for rotating the

threaded rod.

7. The mount system of claim 1 in which the mounting station includes a

remote operated small arms mount.

8. The mount system of claim 1 in which the support includes a tripod.

9. The mount system of claim 8 in which the support further includes a

spacer structure between the tripod and the tray.

10. The mount system of claim 1 further including at least one bracket for mounting the tray to a sill of the port.

11. The mount system of claim 1 further including a locking mechanism

for fixing the table with respect to the tray in the deployed position.

12. The mount system of claim 11 in which the locking mechanism

includes a pin in the table releasably received in a channel in the tray.

13. The mount system of claim 1 further including a universal mount

between the mounting station and the table.

14. The mount system of claim 13 in which the universal mount includes a

post and a pin and the table includes a receiver socket for the post and a slot for the pin.

15. A mount system comprising:

a tray mountable to a port and including at least one rail;

a table mounted to translate along the rail;

a mounting station positioned on the table;

a support for the tray;

a bracket for mounting the tray to a sill of the port;

a drive mechanism for translating the table along the rail to alternately

conceal the mounting station within the port and to deploy the mounting station

through the port; and a locking mechanism for releasably locking the table with respect to

the tray.

16. The mount system of claim 15 in which the tray includes a pair of spaced rails and the table includes shoes which engage the rails.

17. The mount system of claim 15 in which the drive mechanism includes

a threaded rod extending along the tray and the table includes a nut engaging the

threaded rod.

18. The mount system of claim 17 in which the nut is positioned on an

underside of the table.

19. The mount system of claim 17 further including a handle for rotating the threaded rod.

20. The mount system of claim 15 in which the mounting station includes

a remote operated small arms mount.

21. The mount system of claim 15 in which the support includes a tripod.

22. The mount system of claim 21 in which the support further includes a

spacer structure between the tripod and the tray.

23. The mount system of claim 15 in which the locking mechanism includes a pin in the table releasably received in a channel in the tray.

24. The mount system of claim 15 further including a universal mount

between the mounting station and the table.

25. The mount system of claim 24 in which the universal mount includes a

post and a pin and the table includes a receiver socket for the post and a slot for the

pin.

Description:

WEAPON MOUNT

RELATED APPLICATIONS AND PRIORTTY CLAIM

This application claims benefit of U.S. Provisional App. No. 60/839,951, filed

August 24, 2006 and U.S. App. No. 11/657,907, filed January 25, 2007.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

This subject invention relates to mounting systems for weapons and non-lethal devices.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

A large weapon such as a 50 caliber machine gun is often mounted in a

weapon mounting station on a tripod. An example of a weapon mounting station is a remote operated small arms mount (ROSAM). Moving such a large and heavy

weapon from a concealed position within a port (a window, for example) to a

deployed position through the port would be difficult. The tripod would have to be repositioned from a location distant from the port to a location proximate the port.

Given that a 50 caliber machine gun mounted to a ROSAM style weapon mounting

station can weigh in excess of 450 lbs, the repositioning effort between a concealed

and deployed position would be cumbersome and time consuming. And, even after

the weapon is repositioned so the barrel of the weapon is now outside the port, its

spatial coverage may be limited.

There is often a need to keep a weapon concealed and/or protected until its use is required. In but one example, it is desirable that any weapons associated with an

embassy or cruise ship not be viewable from public spaces. The idea is a non-

threatening posture while maintaining protective capability. In another example, it is

desirable that certain weapons on a naval or coast guard vessel be kept both protected

and concealed until needed. Often, the mere act of deploying a concealed weapon is

sufficient to prevent an act of violence. Known weapon mounts do not lend

themselves to concealment and then rapid and easy deployment.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is therefore an object of this invention to provide a new more versatile weapon mount.

It is a further object of this invention to provide such a weapon mount which

deploys the weapon easily and quickly.

It is a further object of this invention to provide such a weapon mount which increases the coverage of the weapon.

It is a further object of this invention to provide such a weapon mount which is

fairly simple in design and is easy to use.

It is a further object of this invention to provide such a weapon mount which

can include an existing tripod and an existing weapon station such as a ROSAM.

It is a further object of this invention to provide such a weapon mount which is

stable and adequately supports the weapon in both the concealed mode and the

deployed mode and while firing.

It is a further object of this invention to provide such a weapon mount which

can be set up in different locations and without adversely affecting the port to which it

is being deployed from.

It is a further object of this invention to provide such a weapon mount which

can be easily tailored for different installations.

It is a further object of this invention to provide such a weapon mount which is

reliable even in corrosive and rugged environments.

It is a further object of this invention to provide such a weapon mount which

meets dynamic loading and support accuracy requirements.

It is a further object of this invention to provide such a weapon mount which

can be engineered to deploy automatically especially in cases where sensors are used

to detect potential threats.

The subject invention results from the realization that a versatile weapon

mount which deploys a situation dependant weapon easily and quickly and which

provides full weapon coverage in a stable manner is effected by a tray mountable to a

port and supported by tripod in combination with a table translatable with respect to the tray to alternately conceal the weapon within the port to provide protection and/or

a non-threatening posture and which then deploys the weapon through the port thus maintaining protective capability.

The subject invention, however, in other embodiments, need not achieve all

these objectives and the claims hereof should not be limited to structures or methods

capable of achieving these objectives.

The subject invention features a mount system with a tray mountable to a port

and a table translatable with respect to the tray. The mounting station is mounted to

the table. There is a support for the tray. A drive mechanism translates the table to alternately conceal the mounting station within the port and to deploy the mounting station through the port.

In one example the tray includes at least one rail and the table rides on the rail.

There may be a pair of spaced rails and the table may include shoes which engage the

rails. One drive mechanism includes a threaded rod extending along the tray. The

underside of the table includes a nut engaging the threaded rod. This mount system

includes a handle for rotating the threaded rod.

The mounting station may include a remote operated small arms mount. The

support may include a tripod and a spacer structure between the tripod and the tray.

There is typically at least one bracket for mounting the tray to a sill of the port. There

is also typically a locking mechanism for fixing the table with respect to the tray in

the deployed position. One locking mechanism includes a pin in the table releasably received in a channel in the tray. There may also be a universal mount between the mounting station and the table. One universal mount includes a post and a pin and the

table then includes a receiver socket for the post and a slot for the pin.

One mount system in accordance with the subject invention includes a tray

mountable to a port and including at least one rail, a table mounted to translate along

the rail, a mounting station on the table, a support for the tray, a bracket for mounting

the tray to a sill of the port, a drive mechanism for translating the table along the rail

to alternately conceal the mounting station within the port and to deploy the mounting station through the port, and a locking mechanism for releasably locking the table

with respect to the tray.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

Other objects, features and advantages will occur to those skilled in the art from the following description of a preferred embodiment and the accompanying

drawings, in which:

Fig. 1 is a schematic three-dimensional view showing a typical prior art

weapon mount;

Fig. 2 is a schematic three-dimensional view showing the limited spatial

coverage associated with the prior art weapon mount shown in Fig. 1 ;

Fig. 3 is a schematic three-dimensional view showing, in one example, the

primary components associated with a weapon mount in accordance with the subject invention;

Fig. 4 is a schematic three-dimensional view showing the increased spatial

coverage provided by the weapon mount of in Fig. 3;

Fig. 5 is a schematic three-dimensional partial view showing the tray of the

weapon mount shown in Fig. 3 supported on the sill of a port;

Fig. 6 is a schematic three-dimensional partial view of the weapon mount shown in Fig. 3 including brackets for mounting the tray thereof to the sill of the port;

Fig. 7 is a schematic side view showing the bracket of Fig. 6;

Fig. 8 is a schematic three-dimensional front view of the weapon mount shown in Fig. 3;

Fig. 9 is a schematic three-dimensional side view of the weapon mount shown

in Fig. 3 with the weapon aimed 90° with respect to the port;

Fig. 10 is a schematic three-dimensional view of the weapon mount shown in

Fig. 3 with an alternative configuration of a sill bracket;

Fig. 11 is a schematic three-dimensional view showing one version of a drive mechanism for the weapon mount of the subject invention;

Fig. 12 is a schematic three-dimensional view showing the underside of the

sliding table of the weapon mount shown in Fig. 11 ;

Fig. 13 is a schematic three-dimensional view showing the location of a

universal mount of a weapon mount in accordance with the subject invention;

Fig. 14 is a schematic three-dimensional front view showing the universal mount of Fig. 13;

Fig. 15 is a schematic three-dimensional top view of the sliding table shown in

Figs. 11-13;

Fig. 16 is a schematic three-dimensional end view showing an example of a

mechanism for locking the sliding table shown in Fig. 15 to the weapon mount tray; and

Fig. 17 is a schematic three-dimensional partial view of a weapon mount in

accordance with the subject invention showing how the bracket is connected to the tripod.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Aside from the preferred embodiment or embodiments disclosed below, this

invention is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced or being carried out

in various ways. Thus, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited in its

application to the details of construction and the arrangements of components set forth

in the following description or illustrated in the drawings. If only one embodiment is

described herein, the claims hereof are not to be limited to that embodiment.

Moreover, the claims hereof are not to be read restrictively unless there is clear and

convincing evidence manifesting a certain exclusion, restriction, or disclaimer. Fig. 1 shows 50 caliber weapon 10 within weapon mounting station 12

supported by tripod 14 in accordance with the prior art. Tripod 14 positions weapon

10 with respect to port 16. Port 16 may be a window in an embassy, a cruise whip, or

a naval or coast guard vessel.

As described in the Background section above, it is difficult to provide a non-

threatening posture while maintaining protective capability in accordance with such

prior art weapon mounting systems. Tripod 14 is not easily or quickly moved. Often,

tripod 14 is bolted to the deck of the ship. Typically, tripod 14 is not positioned

sufficiently rearwardly of port 16 to completely conceal and/or protect weapon 10 and

weapon mounting station 12. Even were tripod 14 brought as close as possible to port

16 and weapon 10 deployed as shown in Fig. 2, coverage is limited to a total yaw

angle of 117°. Any repositioning effort of tripod 14 would be cumbersome and time

consuming.

In one example, the new weapon mount 20, Fig. 3 of the subject invention preferably includes tray 22 mountable with respect to port 16. Table 24 is translatable within tray 22 in the direction shown by arrow 26. Tray 22 is supported on deck or

floor 24 preferably by prior art tripod 14 and new spacer bracket structure 30. A drive

mechanism including drive wheel 32 translates table 24 to conceal weapon mounting

station 12 mounted to table 24 within the port to provide a non-threatening posture.

When desired, however, weapon 10 and weapon mounting station 12 are deployed

through port 16 by turning drive wheel 32 either manually or automatically which

drives table 24 forward. When concealment, protection, and/or servicing of weapon

10 is then desired, drive wheel 32 is turned in the opposite direction to drive table 24 rearwardly. In the deployed position shown in Fig. 4, weapon 10 coverage includes a total yaw angle of 180°.

As shown in Figs. 5-10, tray 22 typically rests on sill 40 of the port and

bracket 42, Fig. 6 may be used to fix tray 22 in place on sill 40. An alternative

bracket design is shown at 42' in Fig. 10. Bracket portion 44 is fixed to tray side rail

46 and bracket portion 48 clamps bracket portion 44 to sill 40. By driving table 24

fully forward as shown in Fig. 9, weapon mounting station 12 is fully outside of the

port for 180° yaw angle weapon coverage.

The result in any embodiment is a more versatile weapon mount which

deploys a weapon easily and quickly and in a way such that the coverage of the

weapon is increased. The weapon mount is relatively simple in design and easy to

use. Existing components like tripod 14, Fig. 3 and a ROSAM style weapon station mount 12 can be fully utilized reducing the cost of the system. The weapon mount is

stable and adequately supports the weapon in both the concealed mode and in the deployed mode while firing. The weapon mount can be set up in different locations

and typically without adversely affecting the port to which it is mounted. By

adjusting in configuration and dimensions of spacer structure 30, Fig. 6, the weapon

mount can be easily tailored for different installations (e.g., ports or windows of

different heights and configurations). The weapon mount is reliable even in corrosive

and rugged environments and adequately meets dynamic loading and support accuracy requirements. Bracket portion 42', Fig. 10 can be padded on the bottom with

heavy duty rubber to minimize sill damage. Bracket portion 42' reduces torsion that

tripod 14 would otherwise have to absorb. The preferred embodiment of spacer

structure 30 is a weight optimized frame structure of welded construction as shown.

The height of spacer structure 30 can be varied for different port configurations. Spacer structure 30 typically bolts to prior art tripod mount 14 and to tray 22.

A nylon slide allows the tray to be slid out the window and the rubber section

drops into an installed position. Preferably, the natural frequency of the weapon

mount is proximate 30 Hz to provide sufficient stiffness for vertical deflection and

torsion.

Figs. 11-12 show an example of table 24 mounted to slide on rails 50a and 50b

via shoes 52a-52d which ride on tray portion 51. Threaded rod 56 extends along tray

portion 51 through nut 58 attached to ear 60 on the underside of table 24. Bushing 62

defines the limit of travel of table 24. Handle 32 connects to and is used to rotate rod

56 and thus translate table 24. Or, threaded rod 56 may be driven by a motor.

For a mounting station 12 such as a remote operated small arms mount (a

"mini-typhoon" available from General Dynamics and Rafael, for example), universal

mount 70, Figs. 13-14 may be provided. Universal mount 70, Fig. 14 includes central

post 72 and pin 74. The top of table 24, Fig. 15, in turn, includes central receiver

socket 76 for universal mount post 72, Fig. 14 and arcuate slot 78, Fig. 15 for pin 74,

Fig. 14. This allows universal mount 70 to rotate with respect to sliding table 24 to the limits defined by arcuate slot 78.

There may also be a locking mechanism for releasably fixing table 24, Fig. 16

with respect to tray portion 51 such as pin 80 in table 24 which can be manually

pushed down into channel 82 in table portion 51. Pin 80 can also be motor driven, by

a solenoid, for example (not shown) up and down to lock table 24 to tray portion 51.

Tray portion 51 can be adhered to tray portion 22 itself glued to bracket 30, Fig. 17.

Bracket 30 can be bolted to tripod 15 using socket head cap screw 90 and/or bolts 92.

The legs of tripod 14 can be bolted to the deck of the installation.

All of the components of the weapon mount described above can be made of

corrosion resistant metals, composite materials, or a combination of the same.

Mounting station 12, Figs. 8-9 can vary in design to include various gun mounts and

also mounts for non-lethal weapons such as a long range acoustic device (e.g., the

"LRAD 500", American Technology Corp.). Other sensors, warning devices, hailing

devices, surveillance devices, and weapons are known to those skilled in the art. By

strategically locating numerous such weapon mounts on a vessel, the vessel can be

fully protected. In any installation, and in any embodiment, the mount of the subject

invention, whether fitted with a weapon and/or a non-lethal device, easily and quickly

provides deployment and better coverage in a stable manner. The table which is

translatable with respect to the tray alternately can position the weapon or non-lethal device within the port provide protection and/or non-threatening posture and is

enabled to deploy the weapon or non-lethal device through the port thus maintaining a protective capability.

Although specific features of the invention are shown in some drawings and

not in others, this is for convenience only as each feature may be combined with any

or all of the other features in accordance with the invention. The words "including",

"comprising", "having", and "with" as used herein are to be interpreted broadly and

comprehensively and are not limited to any physical interconnection. Moreover, any

embodiments disclosed in the subject application are not to be taken as the only possible embodiments. Other embodiments will occur to those skilled in the art and

are within the following claims.

In addition, any amendment presented during the prosecution of the patent

application for this patent is not a disclaimer of any claim element presented in the application as filed: those skilled in the art cannot reasonably be expected to draft a

claim that would literally encompass all possible equivalents, many equivalents will

be unforeseeable at the time of the amendment and are beyond a fair interpretation of

what is to be surrendered (if anything), the rationale underlying the amendment may

bear no more than a tangential relation to many equivalents, and/or there are many

other reasons the applicant can not be expected to describe certain insubstantial

substitutes for any claim element amended.

What is claimed is: