Mechanical engineers working for the U.S. Army have invented a stable mount for remotely operated weapon systems. The Army received a U.S. patent on the invention on July 2, 2019. The device is available via license agreement to companies that would manufacture and sell it.
The weapon mount has five metal components welded together, three of them are the legs made of square steel. The design is sufficiently rigid such that the weapons will not be capable of jamming themselves while firing.
Specifically, the resonance mode of the mount is greater than 30 Hz.
It was designed to attach remotely operated weapon systems to the roof or bed of the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (Humvee).
Those remotely operated systems include the M2 machine gun, M240 machine gun, Mk 19 grenade launcher, and Javelin anti-tank missile.
Remote weapon stations require a stable platform for accurate fires and operation of attached laser rangefinder and video camera.
According to the Army, the .50-caliber M2 machine gun is particularly susceptible to jamming when fired from a remote weapon station mount that has a resonance mode less than 30 Hz.
- Prevents jamming, a critical problem for remotely operated weapon systems
- Businesses can commercialize the technology by licensing U.S. Patent 10,337,821 from the Army
- Licensing the patent provides intellectual property rights for companies in the market
- License fees paid to the Army are negotiable
- Businesses that license the technology also have the opportunity to pursue collaborative research with the inventors
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