Anti-Roof Mines Launched in Russia

  • The delivery of the new ammunition is carried out in small batches.
  • The new engineering ammunition will make it unnecessary to completely mine the area.
  • Russia continues to upgrade its defense equipment.

Russia announced the start of mass production of the new PTKM-1R mine. A feature of this anti-roof mine is the ability to hit armored vehicles in the least protected part of the armor: the tower or roof surface. Interfax news stated the Ministry of Defense of Russia is already receiving anti-roof mines.

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The delivery of the new ammunition is carried out in small batches. However, the mine has sensitive electronic sensors and “smart” filling, while it is able to independently track down an enemy tank and hit it with a special fired submunition from the least protected side — from above.

According to experts, the new engineering ammunition will make it unnecessary to completely mine the area and will allow you to quickly create impassable minefields without special equipment in tank-dangerous areas.

It should be noted that the PTKM-1R is a cylinder weighing about 20 kg, equipped with electronics. The munition is capable of detecting enemy armored vehicles at a distance of up to 150-200 meters using seismic and temperature sensors.

Moreover, when the tank will be in the area of the PTKM-1R, a mine is triggered. It shoots up a charge that, being at a height of tens of meters, reacts to the heat of the engine with the help of a thermal imager and is aimed at the equipment.

After aiming, the shaped charge is fired at the most vulnerable part of the armored vehicle. Since the technology continues to evolve, and the armored vehicles become less vulnerable, the engineers have to invent equipment to target less-protected areas of the tanks.

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According to the news release, the speed of PTKM-1R activation is so high that the active protection installed on the armored vehicle does not have time to react to the launch and activation of the anti-roof mine. The unique part is that new mine will allow it to hit a tank in the upper part.

The PTM-1 mine is a cylinder weighing 44 lbs. The combined sensor (thermal and seismic) can detect enemy armored vehicles at a range up to 820 feet. The manual specifies that after installation and activation, the mine opens like a flower, the petals are separated from the body, holding it in an upright position.

The mine is installed manually (to do this, it is enough to pull it out of the body and put it on the ground) and can remain on the firing platoon for up to 10 days at a temperature of minus 40 to plus 30 degrees. After this period, the mine can self-destruct so as not to pose a threat to the civilian population.

Russia continues to upgrade its defense equipment. At the same time, other nations continue to advance in the defense industries as well. The USA remains number one in the defense field.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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