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Soviet / Russian PMN-2 Landmine

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The former Soviet PMN-2 is a pressure activated antipersonnel blast mine and the successor to the PMN mine. The main improvement over the PMN is the incorporation of a blast resistant pressure fuze in the PMN-2. Additionally, the mine appears to be capable of mechanical emplacement. Due to several factors, including the small surface of the rubber cover X-shaped pressure plate and an integral baffle configuration, the mine is not susceptible to traditional explosive mine countermeasures. Disposal of this mine is by detonation.

The mine is green or black.

PMN-2

* Height: 53 mm
* Diameter: 120 mm
* Main charge weight: 100g RDX/TNT
* Total weight: 420g
* Fuze: MD-9 (stab-sensitive)

The PMN-1 and PMN-2 (both called Black Widow) are blast type anti-personnel mines designed and manufactured in Russia. It is one of the most widely used and commonly found devices during demining operations. The PMN-1 mine is particularly deadly because it contains an unusually large explosive filling. In general, anti-personnel blast mines (eg the VS-50) are designed to destroy a victim's foot. In contrast, a PMN mine can destroy a victim's entire leg, in addition to inflicting injuries on the other limb. A typical anti-personnel blast landmine contains approximately 50 grams of explosive, which is less than a quarter of the explosive charge within a PMN-1. The PMN-2 also has a large explosive filling when compared to many other anti-personnel landmines.

Both mines are palm sized and cylindrical in shape. The PMN's has a bakelite case (brown in colour) with a black rubber pressure-plate and contains TNT explosive. Its successor, the PMN-2, is plastic cased (leaf-green in colour, but occasionally brown) and contains an RDX/TNT based explosive that is similar to Composition B.

Note: a significant difference between these two mines is that the the PMN-2 (a 1970s design) contains a more modern fuze with an integral baffle beneath the pressure plate. This and the X-shaped design of the pressure plate makes the PMN-2 much more resistant to traditional explosive mine countermeasures, which use sudden blast overpressure to detonate mines. In contrast, the PMN-1 (a 1950s design) can successfully be cleared by such methods.


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