MECHEM Deflagration System
The MECHEM Deflagration System utilizes a safe and extremely cost efficient pyro-technic composition that, when, ignited, produces a very hot plasma substance that melts through the metal casing of a landmine. It then ignites the explosives inside the mine to facilitate its self destruction through a rather slow burning process.
Whilst a partial detonation is possible (as a result of the detonator of the mine being activated by the heart generated), most of the explosive mass would probably have burnt away by the time such detonation might occur.
Irrespective of the technology used to locate landmines the actual disposal of the mine usually remains to be a major problem.
The possibility of anti-lift mechanisms and booby traps makes it extremely dangerous to handle or lift a landmine.
It is common practice to destroy such landmines in situ by detonating an explosive charge in close proximity of the mine – unfortunately requiring expensive (and dangerous) high explosives. Explosives are however sometimes difficult to obtain and the transporting and storage of such explosives will always be a major problem.
The MECHEM Deflagration System can be used to safely destroy the Landmine in situ without the aid of any explosives.
Components of the system
The MECHEM Deflagration System (MDS) consists of the following elements:
- Deflagration Powder
- Remote Electronic Trigger