Pneumatically-Launched Grappling Hook

Defense contractor Battelle has developed an improved pneumatically-launched grappling hook. From a press release:

The Tactical Air Initiated Launch (TAIL) system is used to launch a titanium grappling hook towing a Kevlar line for use in Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) operations. It also can be used for fire rescue operations, life vest deployment, or other activities. The TAIL system, using compressed air to launch the hook, can clear an obstacle up to 100 feet high and up to 60 feet away. “The TAIL system lets the user fire a grappling hook without the noise, explosives, or safety issues of powder-driven units,” said Jim LaBine, the TAIL system designer. “That’s important for special operations but the system is adaptable and can be used in many applications.”

Link via Technabob | Photo: Battelle

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