What is land mine called?

What is land mine called?

A land mine (called a “mine” when a naval mine is clearly not what is meant) is an explosive weapon that is put on the ground or just underneath the ground so that it explodes when a person or vehicle goes by. There are different types of land mines. Big anti-vehicle mines are against vehicles.

How deadly is a land mine?

A land mine may cause damage by direct blast effect, by fragments that are thrown by the blast, or by both. Seventy-eight countries are contaminated with land mines and 15,000–20,000 people are killed every year while many more are injured.

How big is a land mine?

AP blast mines tend to be small, flat and cylindrical, typically 60-140 mm in diameter. They rely on the effect of explosive blast to damage the victim, and are designed to detonate when the victim steps on them. They are often buried in order to camouflage their presence.

Are landmines designed to maim?

Anti-personnel mines are a form of mine designed for use against humans, as opposed to anti-tank mines, which are designed for use against vehicles. The mines are often designed to injure, not kill, their victims in order to increase the logistical (mostly medical) support required by enemy forces that encounter them.

Are land mines illegal?

Anti-personnel landmines are prohibited under the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction (or Mine Ban Convention), adopted in 1997. More than 150 countries have joined this treaty.

Why do people set land mines?

Landmines are basically explosive devices that are designed to blow when triggered by pressure or a tripwire. The purpose of mines when used by armed forces is to disable any person or vehicle that comes into contact with it by an explosion or fragments released at high speeds.

Are ww2 land mines still active?

Live naval mines from World War II are still occasionally found in the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea, and are also destroyed.

Do people survive land mines?

Two-thirds of land mine victims survive with serious injuries, but many are left with permanent disabilities. Jared Bloch, spokesperson for ICBL and the Cluster Munition Coalition in Geneva, said the organization’s most recent report found that around 70% of victims were civilian casualties.

Can you jump away from a land mine?

In most cases, there is absolutely nothing you can do. Forget the Hollywood trope about stepping on a mine and then leaving your foot in place. Most landmines will explode instantaneously once your trigger the fuze.

Who still uses land mines?

The majority of the countries remaining outside the treaty keep stockpiles that collectively total around 50 million landmines. If not destroyed, those landmines remain ready to be used any time. The biggest stockpiles of antipersonnel landmines are held by: Russia, Pakistan, India, China, and the United States.

Which is the best description of a land mine?

Yugoslav MRUD anti-personnel mine (front, accessories fitted). A Yugoslav MRUD anti-personnel mine (line drawing). A cutaway of an MD-82 mine. An M14 mine, showing a cutaway view. The absence of a safety clip and the location of the arrow on the pressure plate clearly shows that this mine has been armed.

What kind of land mines were used in World War 2?

This is a list of commonly used land mines . A Chinese metal-cased Type 59 anti-tank blast mine. Its design is typical of many post World War II anti-tank blast mines, circular with a central fuze well (fitted with a plug in this case). An Italian, plastic cased blast resistant VS-2.2 mine.

How does a land mine detonate on its own?

Such devices are typically detonated automatically by way of pressure from the target stepping or driving on it, though other detonation mechanisms may be possible. The device may cause damage either by a direct blast or by fragments that are thrown by the blast.

What are the names of the nuclear land mines?

Nuclear land mines 1 Blue Peacock 2 Medium Atomic Demolition Munition 3 Special Atomic Demolition Munition