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Mine laying vehicle


The British Army Shielder mine laying vehicle lays scatterable anti-tank mines

Entered service 1999
Crew 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 10 t
Length ~ 5.3 m
Width ~ 2.4 m
Height ~ 2.2 m
Anti-tank mines 240
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Engine Perkins T6 3544 diesel
Engine power 250 hp
Maximum road speed 80 km/h
Range 650 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 35%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench 1.75 m
Fording 1.1 m


   The Shielder is a mine laying vehicle. It lays anti-tank mines. This mine laying system is also capable of laying anti-personnel mines, however the United Kingdom signed the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, so British Army does not use them. A total of 29 Shielders were ordered by the British MoD in 1995. First vehicles were delivered to the British Army in 1999.

   The Shielder is operated by the Royal Engineers. It creates anti-tank barriers quickly and effectively, thus reducing mobility of enemy forces. Anti-tank mines are scattered as the vehicle moves across terrain.

   This scatterable mine laying system is based on the flatbed version of Stormer armored personnel carrier. The Shielder uses the US M163 Volcano mine laying system, which is mounted on the flatbed. Vehicle carries up to 40 dispensers on launcher racks. Each dispenser contains 6 anti-tank mines. It is worth mentioning, that a Giat Minotaur mine dispensing system and Stormer flat bed combination was taken to the Gulf in 1990-1991 but not tested operationally.

   The anti-tank mines self-destruct at the end of the programable life. A dispenser control unit tests and arms the self-destruction mechanism. Mines self-destruct after few hours or days.

   Armor of the Shielder protects the crew against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters.

   This mile laying system is armed with a single roof-mounted 7.62-mm machine gun over the commanders hatch for self-defense.

   The Shielder is operated by the crew of two, including driver and commander.

   Vehicle is powered by Perkins T6 3544 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 250 hp.


Video of the Shielder mine laying vehicle






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