THE "MINESNIPER" EXPANDABLE MINE DISPOSAL SYSTEM AND ITS IMPACT ON MINE CLEARANCE RATES AND VESSEL DESIGN

Destruction of ground mines by current generation Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) usually involves placing a charge alongside the mine, moving the ROV to a safe distance and then detonating the charge. Moored mines may have the mooring cable cut with the mine destroyed on the surface by other means. Mine Countermeasures (MCM) typically carry two ROVs which if both are destroyed, renders the vessel non operational for that role. One shot weapons offer an alternate approach to mine destruction through the use of a light weight low cost expendable ROV type weapon. Minesniper is such a system and is effective against deep and shallow water moored mines as well as bottom lying devices. The self powered weapon is automatically guided to the mine thus reducing mission time. In addition a model based navigation and control system enables the operator to manoeuvre the weapon efficiently during the final stages of this operation. Destruction of the mine is achieved by firing a shaped charge from within the body of the weapon. The use of an expendable weapon greatly reduced the mission time by avoiding the recovery phase.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Warship '94, Intl Conf on Minewarfare, Vessels & Systems-3; 15-16 June 1994; London, UK. Pprs. Publ by RINA, London, UK. Session 3, ppr 14 [6 p, 3 fig]
  • Authors:
    • L vik, A
    • Riches, D
  • Publication Date: 1994

Language

  • English

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00710774
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 1995 12:00AM