Army takes another look at land mines, with plans to add networking capability and remote operation

Oct. 19, 2021
Goal is creating a complex, networked obstacle system of top- and bottom-attack munitions from 2022 through 2028, with rapid fielding starting in 2025.

WASHINGTON – Army combat engineers are looking for new ways to deploy land mines by artillery, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or robot ground vehicles on the battlefield. Army Times reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

19 Oct. 2021 -- Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, chief of engineers and commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the number-one priority for modernizing Army regiments is altering terrain with land mines.

Although better aircraft, communications networks, and ground vehicles offer advantages, terrain shaping with networked land mines denies the enemy from using its own systems and enables Army infantry to control the tempo of the battlefield.

Next-generation networked land mines are the Standoff Activated Volcano System and the Common Anti-Vehicle Munition, which aim to be portable, be easier to deploy, use a common munition, have self reporting features, and ways to conduct remote self-deactivation and self-destruct.

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John Keller, chief editor
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