The Valmara 69 is a cylindrical, plastic bodied, bounding anti-personnel landmine which is designed to wound or kill by fragmentation.
The Valmara 69 is a progression of the earlier Valmara 59. The main difference is the outer body material which is plastic as opposed to the sheet metal outer body of the Valmara 59.
The minor changes to the mine were made for cost saving purposes, not performance enhancement. The Valmara 69 has a smooth appearance and the top resembles a knurled screw on cap.
The fuze assembly is dome shaped with 5 pressure prongs protruding at different angles. The mine is actuated by pressure of 10 kg on the prongs or pull of 6 kg on a tripwire.
When actuated the mine bounds to a height of 0.5 meters and explodes with a lethal radius of 27 meters. The mine body is waterproof and it can be used in marshes and underwater to a 1 meter depth.
The Valmara 69 can be detected visually when vegetation is sparse as well as with metal detectors under most field conditions.
The Valmara 69 is also produced in Singapore, and a similar version is produced by South Africa known as the No 69 Mk1.
Can anyone confirm if its a solid fragmentation ring or a collecteion of chopped steel?
Can anyone confirm the length of the tether wire?
Nori, im not sure we can give a specific amount of fragments from a V69 detonation. As the metal fragmentation ring is a single solid ring and not pre-scored the fragmentaion may be different everytime.
Number of fragments
There is a single row of V69 on posts (as in slide 10) along the beach in Al Faw, Iraq. At low tied they are clearly visible but at high tide they cannot be seen under the water. No other AP mines have been observed in the area but plenty of PM-1 bomblets.
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