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US Army orders remote controlled mines to attack tanks from above

US Army orders remote controlled mines to attack tanks from above
US Army Arsenal in New Jersey Places Announcement for a Contract to Produce "Top Attack Systems". We are talking about the CAVM anti-vehicle ammunition system, which has a three-stage structure and includes ammunition for "attack from below", Top-down attacks and network architecture, connecting these components into a single system.

As the author of The Drive Joseph Trevithick writes, the top attack system will consist of the main strike ammunition Common Anti-Vehicle Munition, top launch attack module DLM, RCS remote control stations and obstacle planning aids, which will determine the exact desired location of minefields.

The net mines themselves must be capable of effectively hitting targets at a distance of up to 164 feet. As for the remote control system, then the US military wants, so she can control up 12 individual minefields, each of which has an area of ​​up to 400 000 square feet (about 37 thousand sq.m). Individual remote control stations must be connected via bi-directional data links.

This organization of communication will allow you to quickly receive information about the state of minefields., including about, whether any targets were hit or whether individual mines failed. Operators will be able to turn minefields on and off based on their own needs, allowing passage through the mined area of ​​your own or friendly vehicles, as well as the clearance of mines in the event, if civilians or their own soldiers suddenly find themselves in a minefield.

The military has not yet specified, how the so-called top assault mine will work, but it is known, that similar systems were acquired by army units earlier. The ordered CAVM ammunition is expected to have increased lethality compared to the previous generation M93 Hornet and XM204 top attack warheads..

Recall, that the M93 Hornet ammunition entered service in the very early 1990s. They use acoustic and seismic sensors to detect targets, after detecting an object, the ammunition is activated. It explodes over an approaching enemy vehicle..

At one time, the US military planned to integrate the M93 Hornet into various mining systems., which could be installed on trucks, or use from helicopters. But this goal was never realized., therefore the Hornet remained predominantly a manual system, which made it difficult to use it on a large scale.


As for the XM204, then there is even less information about him. known, that ammunition is fired from a ground-mounted launcher. In the same time, there is no doubt, that the experience of previous mining systems will be used in the development and implementation of the new system.

The main task of the military remains the creation of such a mining system., which would be controlled remotely and would minimize the risks of so-called friendly fire and rika for the civilian population. Especially, what as we know, The United States did not sign an antipersonnel mine elimination treaty. In the same time, Barack Obama, when he was president of the United States, banned any use of anti-personnel mines outside the Korean Peninsula, where minefields are one of the most important components of South Korea's defense against the DPRK.

However, the aggravation of the global military-political situation requires the United States to make new decisions in the field of anti-tank mines.. The US military takes into account the new capabilities of Russian and Chinese armored vehicles, increased armor protection, and, respectively, want to have in their arsenal and the latest mines, which could cause significant damage to armies, using tanks and armored vehicles of the latest generations.

Therefore, regardless of the policy of the White House, the military will continue to work on further improving the mines, taking into account all the latest trends in technologies for the production of tanks and armored vehicles and tactics of tank and infantry attack.

Author:Ilya Polonsky

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