In cooperation with the FBI, U.S. Navy experts have designed a novel tool for disabling homemade explosives, with special emphasis on two-inch steel pipe bombs “commonly used in IEDs in the United States.” The patented design is available for license to companies that would turn it into a new product for military or civilian customers.
The low impact threat rupture device is an advancement for percussion activated non-electric (PAN) disruptors, which disable bombs by piercing the casing. The design improves upon the existing PAN disruptors by increasing the penetrator’s weight up to two pounds by lengthening its shaft and lowering the projectile velocity from 2,000 feet per second down to below 500 feet per second using low-velocity blank cartridges.
The combination of increased weight, slow speed, and the addition of a 3-inch wide chisel head allowed the test penetrator to pierce and disable a 2-inch diameter steel pipe bomb without creating a shock wave or compressive heating that has caused similar bombs to inadvertently detonate.
“The dramatically increased length of the shaft portion of the novel projectile was proven to be ideal for steel pipe bombs and rupture and defeat other kinds of (improvised explosive devices),” according to the patent issued on September 4, 2018. “Testing has verified that lowering the velocity of a PAN projectile and increasing its mass and length can dramatically reduce the likelihood of ignition of IEDs and eliminate detonation of smokeless powder inside IEDs.”
- Increased safety through decreased shock and compressive heating
- Decreases risk of losing important forensic material
- Advances state-of the-art of a known and commercially available technology
- Prototype tested
- Businesses can commercialize the technology by licensing US Patent 10,066,916
- Potential for collaboration with Navy and FBI inventors
- License fees are negotiable
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