Shielder minelaying system
The Shielder minelaying system was used by the British Army to quickly create anti-tank barriers. The system was based on the American Alliant Techsystems Volcano mine system. It was ordered in 1995 and was first deployed in 1999.
The system consists of up to 40 dispensers, each containing 6 mines, mounted on a flat bed version of the Alvis Stormer tracked armoured vehicle. The dispensers can launch mines to the sides and rear of the vehicle as it proceeds. Each mine has a programmable life, after which they self-destruct. A dispenser control unit provides fire signals, testing and arming of the self-destruct mechanism.
Twenty-nine Shielder systems are currently deployed with the British Army. It is not listed on the British Army webpage as of 2013 and was removed in April 2009. This was confirmed in the 2013-214 MOD Statement of Accounts.
- "Armed Forces UK site". Retrieved November 10, 2009.