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APPARATUS FOR LAUNCHING PROJECTILES OR MISSILES FROM BARRELS, e.g. CANNONS (smallarms F41C); LAUNCHERS FOR ROCKETS OR TORPEDOES; HARPOON GUNS (functional features or details common to both smallarms and ordnance, mountings therefor F41A; projecting missiles without use of explosive or combustible propellant charge F41B)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Projectile launchers per se, except for smallarms which are covered in F41C, i.e. cannons, mortars, medium/large calibre guns, artillery guns, ordnance.

Launchers for self propelled missiles, i.e. rockets and torpedos.

Gravity propelled missile launchers and missile launching apparatuses without barrels.

References relevant to classification in this subclass
This subclass/group does not cover:
Mounting of armament on ships
Mounting of armament on aircraft
Functional features common to both smallarms and ordnance
Projecting missiles without use of explosive or combustible propellant charge
Smallarms
Self-propelled missiles
Torpedoes
Launching apparatus for projecting projectiles or missiles from barrels, e.g. cannons (F41F 3/00 takes precedence); Harpoon guns
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Includes the projectile launching apparatuses with a barrel which is larger than smallarms. A barrel being defined as a gun tube with a closable breech at the proximal end.

Includes mortars.

Includes harpoon guns projecting harpoons with a pyrotechnic charge.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Spring guns adapted to discharge harpoons
Compressed gas guns adapted to discharge harpoons
F41B11/08
Rocket or torpedo launchers
Rocket or torpedo launchers
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Launchers for rockets, including portable rocket tubes and vehicle/infrastructure mounted rocket pods or silos.

Torpedo launchers from above (ship, land and air) and below the water surface.

for rockets
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Launchers for rockets, i.e. missiles including a warhead and a rocket propulsion system or self propelled missiles.

Means for imparting spin to the rocket before launching
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Stabilising arrangements using spin for missiles (after launch)
Umbilical connecting means [N: (Means for facilitating disengagement of electric line connector coupling parts in general H01R 13/633)]
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Command link guidance using wires
Wire guided self propelled missiles
Means for facilitating disengagement of electric line connector coupling parts
Underwater launching-apparatus
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Arrangements on submarines for launching missiles
for marine torpedoes [N: F41A 23/22 takes precedence]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Disposition of guns on vehicles, gun mountings for disappearing guns on board of submarines
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Arrangements on submarines of torpedo launch installations
Launching-apparatus for gravity-propelled missiles or projectiles (from aircraft B64D 1/04)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Includes devices for dropping warheads from a certain height only propelled by gravity, e.g. from land vehicles or buildings.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Laying of mines and depth charges
Dropping bombs from aircrafts
Launching-apparatus for projecting missiles or projectiles otherwise than from barrels, [N: e.g. using spigots] (F41F 3/04 takes precedence; [N: centrifugal sling apparatus F41B 3/04])
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Residual maingroup for projectile or missile launchers not covered by F41B 1/00 to F41C 9/08 and F41F 1/00 to F41F 5/04.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Rocket launchers
Centrifugal sling apparatus
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Last Modified: 10/11/2013