Protection of Vehicles against Landmine

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Protection of Vehicles against Landmine

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Author(s): Roy Bird
No pages: 4
Year: 2001
Article ID: 4-1-3
Keywords: armour, mines, mobility, vehicle protection
Format: Electronic (PDF)

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Abstract: Research has been conducted into the survivability of occupants of military vehicles from landmine detonations. This research has focused on understanding the mechanism of how occupants of vehicles involved in landmine detonations are injured or killed by landmines. Experiments have been conducted using a range of military vehicles with and without additional armour protection. A range of instruments including anthropomorphic test devices (Crashdummies), pressure gauges, accelerometers and the newly developed frangible synthetic leg (FSL) were used in these experiments. This paper concludes that the effects of landmine detonations on occupants of vehicles can be reduced. However, for light vehicles such as Landrovers, little can be done to protect occupants from serious injury. Add-on armour stops lethal fragments penetrating light vehicle floors, but does not protect occupants from injurious blast overpressures and dangerously high translational shock loads. The paper also discusses the mechanisms that caused injuries to occupants and methods to reduce their effects.