Republic of China Military (Taiwan Military) might quickly ship an official request to the US to buy a vehicle-based mine meting out system that allows the fast supply of land mines to massive areas. The proposal to purchase the M136 Volcano Automobile-Launched Scatterable Mine System was accepted by the Government Yuan late final yr. Taiwan’s navy is getting ready to ship a letter of request to Washington to provoke the method to buy the system, with out elaborating on the quantity the navy would spend on the system and when the system can be delivered. The navy was within the Volcano due to the velocity with which it might transfer round and disperse the mines, in addition to the scale of the realm it might cowl

The M136 Volcano Automobile-Launched Scatterable Mine System is an automatic mine supply system developed by the US Military within the Nineteen Eighties. The system makes use of prepackaged mine canisters which include a number of anti-personnel (AP) and/or anti-tank (AT) mines that are dispersed over a large space when ejected from the canister. The system, generally known as Volcano, can also be utilized by different armies all over the world. The first objective of Volcano is to supply the using power with the aptitude to emplace massive minefields quickly beneath various circumstances. Volcano minefields are perfect for offering flank safety of advancing forces and for working in live performance with air and floor models on flank guard or display missions.


A M977 HEMTT with M136 Volcano mine meting out system emplaces coaching mines through the firm’s coaching at Wilcox Vary on Fort Knox, Ky.(U.S. Military Reserve Picture by Sgt. 1st Class Clinton Wooden)

The system consists of the M139 Dispenser used for meting out pre-packaged mine canisters, the meting out management unit (DCU), and mounting {hardware}, and is designed to be mounted on both floor or aerial automobiles utilizing the identical elements apart from the mounting {hardware}, which varies between fitment. The volcano is designed to be fitted to and faraway from automobiles with a minimal of time and labor. The meting out system can also be designed for ease of use, to be operated by personnel with a minimal of coaching. The ordnance utilized by the system is predicated upon a modified GATOR mine. Each dwell and inert (coaching) ordnance is out there; dwell canisters are painted inexperienced whereas inert canisters are painted blue.

When fitted to plane, the system is known as Air Volcano and when fitted to floor automobiles is known as Floor Volcano. Air Volcano is the quickest methodology for emplacing massive tactical minefields. Though mine placement is just not as exact as it’s with floor techniques, Air Volcano minefields will be positioned precisely sufficient to keep away from the hazard inherent in minefields delivered by artillery or jet plane. Floor Volcano is designed to emplace massive minefields in-depth and tactical minefields oriented on enemy forces in help of maneuver operations and pleasant AT hearth. It’s very best to be used as an impediment reserve, employed when enemy forces attain a choice level that signifies future motion.

UH-60 Blackhawk of the US Army 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion 1st Combat Aviation Brigade 1st Infantry Division fitted with the Volcano mine system
UH-60 Blackhawk of the US Military third Assault Helicopter Battalion 1st Fight Aviation Brigade 1st Infantry Division fitted with the Volcano mine system (Picture U.S Military 1st Fight Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division)