Another Russian blogger has posted a few photos, with captions, on how mines are being planted with the help of… helicopters. So let’s see what he has got here. According to his story, this system is being used for planting land mines with the help of MI-8 Russian copters.
There are two types of such systems he reviewed. One is where the mines are being set on the outer “wings” of the copter.
Mines go in cartridges and are placed on both sides of the helicopter, in total there can be 116 cartridges.
Those 116 cartridges can carry up to 7424 mines, depending on the size of the mines being used!
Mines are being loaded…
It should take around forty minutes to load all of the mines.
Mines are loaded and the helicopter is ready for launch.
Going to the field that is going to be mined.
Mines being shot from the cartridges, outer cartridges first, then the inner ones.
This system proved to be effective while mining mountain roads, etc. In one minute, an MI-8 copter can plant up to 7000 mines in an area of up to two and a half kilometers square.
Mines are planted, the copter is back in the field.
Here is one more system for the same purpose:
This time the mines are not carried on the “wings” but they’re in a special machine inside the copter which is preloaded with mines.
Also, different types of mines can be used, as you can see on the pictures.
Hope you liked the story!