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Informal Information Paper on Dual-Use Munitions

12-02-1997

 1. Mines which may be said to be "primarily" designed for use either against vehicles or persons  

*The DNG Giant Shotgun is said to have a considerable potential as an anti-personnel or anti-vehicle mine " , according to Jane's Military Vehicles and Logistics (1994-1995, p. 170).

*The Valsella VS-DAFM 1 Directional Mine is said to be a fixed directional fragmentation anti-personnel mine in Jane's Military Vehicles and Logistics (1994-1995, p. 207) and a fixed directional anti-vehicle mine in Trends in Land Mine Warfare (Jane's Special Report, August 1995, p. 152). The mine can be coupled to two independent firing systems through two priming wells. The actuating load is said to be between 3-6 kg.

*The Valsella VS-DAFM 6 and VS-DAFM 7 Directional Anti-material Mines are said to be fixed directional fragmentation anti-material (anti-personnel and anti-armour) mines used primarily for the defence of tactically important areas such as airfields and landing zones in Jane's Military Vehicles and Logistics (1994-1995, p. 207). In Jane's Trends in Land Mine Warfare (Jane's Special Report, August 1995, p. 153) they are fixed directional fragmentation anti-vehicle and anti-armour mines! The actuating load is also said to be between 3-6 kg.

*The Ambush Mine described in Trends in Land Mine Warfare (Jane's Special Report, August 1995, p. 154) and in Jane's Military Vehicles and Logistics (1994-1995, p. 221) is said to be an anti-vehicle or anti-personnel mine and to also have a potential role against low-flyi ng helicopters. This mine is ready to be fired either by remote control or by a tripwire or similar static system.

 2. Anti-handling devices on small scatterable A/T mines which equip them with A/P functions  

    

*According to Trends in Land Mine Warfare (August 1995, p. 95) and to Jane's Military Vehicles and Logistics (1994-1995, p. 182) the PGMDM Scatterable Anti-tank Mine is operated by a single pressure or an accumulation of slight pressures, for example handling, and is electrically activated. The weight of the liquid explosive is between 1.4 kg and 2 kg.

*In Trends in Land Mine Warfare (August 1995, p. 108) and Jane's Military Vehicles and Logistics (1994-1995, p. 208) the Valsella VS-1.6 Anti-tank Scatter Mine and the BPD SB-81 Scatterable Anti-tank Mine are said to be available including an electronic model with anti-lift device. The weight of the main charge is between 1.85 kg and 2.0 kg.

 3. Runway Denial Submunitions (HB876)  

In conjunction with bomblets, which make holes in the runways, submunitions are used to impede the work of repair vehicles and personnel. These submunitions have a shape-charge and are fitted with an anti-tilt fuze. The weight of the main charge is between 1,5 - 2.0 kg and the casing is pre-fragmented.

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International Committee of the Red Cross, 12 February 1997

Ref. LG-1997-026-ENG