By lex, on January 26th, 2007
What will they think of next **?
The U.S. Navy has developed a new countermine projectile that could end up saving lives on the battlefield. The projectile will be used to clear mine fields on beaches and within the breaker zone.
The Navy is using a modified version of the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) which houses thousands of “Venom Penetrator” darts. ** Each Venom Penetrator is roughly six inches long and is tipped with hardened tungsten. Inside each dart is liquid diethylene triamine (DETA).
The JDAM is dropped from an aircraft as it approaches the minefield. Once the JDAM is roughly 1,000 feet over the target area, the munition fragments and the Venom Penetrators are hurtled towards the ground at 300 meters per second.
Thanks to its hardened tungsten nose, each Venom dart is able to travel to a depth of ten to twelve feet under water or up to 2 feet under sand. The force of impact from the projectile should trigger a landmine to explode in most cases. If the mine is not triggered on impact, the alkaline-based DETA solution delivered by the Venom Penetrator neutralizes the landmine by corroding its explosive filling.
** 07-19-2018 Original links gone; replacements found – Ed.