Off-Route Mines with Unique Initiation Systems in Ukraine

On March 23, 2023, the Belarusian Kastus Kalinoŭski Regiment (which is fighting against Russia) posted documentation of a Russian off-route TM-83 mine on its Telegram channel. The mine had been placed on top of the original wooden crate casing of the mine, on the side of the road, on top of which an optical sensor was documented, as well as a coordination, armament, and initiation system, abbreviated to ПИМ in Russian (PIM,) while behind the box was the mine’s seismic detector.

Besides the use of unique mines and initiation systems, the addition of anti-lift booby-trap mechanisms, or the creation of booby-trapped arenas combining special charges with AP and AT mines has also been observed.

In addition, an AT mine, with an ML-8 anti-lift mechanism on top of it, was documented under the crate, and a PMN-2 AP mine was also found nearby. Judging from the documentation, it appears the neutralization of the mine was carried out by firing from a distance.

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