M86 Pursuit Deterrent Munition

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Mine Antipersonnel: M86 Pursuit Deterrent Munition (PDM)[edit]

Type Bounding Antipersonnel Mine
Place of origin United States
Production history
Variants ADAM Mine
Weight 1.2 lb

Effective firing range 40 feet (12 m)
Filling Comp A5
Filling weight 21 grams

The M86 Pursuit Deterrent Munition (PDM) is a small U.S. anti-personnel mine intended to be used by special forces to deter pursuing enemy forces.


The M86 anti-personnel mine is to be hand emplaced or deployed as a deterrent munition by special forces or selected personnel only on operations where they may be pursued by an enemy.[1]

The M86 mine is similar in configuration and possesses functioning characteristics of the ADAM mine presently loaded in the 155mm projectile, M731 (and M692). The mine is wedge shaped, and contains a safety clip, arming strap assembly, internal safing and arming device, seven tripline sensor, a reserve battery, electronic circuitry containing an IC chip, and a kill mechanism surrounded by an overlay containing a liquid propellant, and encapsulated in a molded plastic form.[1]

The M86 antipersonnel mine is manually armed by removing the safety clip and then the arming strap assembly. A camming action breaks the shorting bar and forces the battery ball against the battery breaking the glass ampule containing an electrolyte which activates the reserve battery and provides power. The shorting bar hook, attached to the cam, shears the shorting bar (a safety device across the detonator). After a 60-second (nominal) electronic time delay, a piston actuator in the Safe and Arm mechanism is electrically fired, moving a slider to align the detonator with an explosive lead in the slider. At the same time, seven sensor triplines are released. Approximately three or four triplines will deploy up to 20 feet from the mine, depending upon the at-rest position of the mine. The remaining triplines may be hindered due to their proximity to the resting surface. After an additional 10-second electronic time delay, allowing the munition to return to equilibrium, the mine is fully armed electronically. Disturbance of a tripline, or the mine itself, now triggers a switch which completes an electronic firing circuit. The S&A electric detonator initiates the S&A firing train which initiates a detonating cord which the initiates a thin layer of liquid propellant, which by gravity rests under the kill mechanism, shattering the plastic mine body and propelling the kill mechanism upwards from 6 inches to 8 feet above the ground where it detonates. The kill mechanism is a spheroid internally embossed and loaded with 21 grams of Comp A5 and when detonated, propels fragments in a high velocity spherical pattern.[1]

If the mine is not activated by tripline or disturbance mode, a factory preset self destruct feature initiates the mine in 4 hours 0-20%.[1]


  • Height: 3.203 in[1]
  • Radius (max): 2.924 in[1]
  • Thickness:72° wedge[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g "TM-43-0001-36 Ammunition Data Sheets for Land Mines". Internet Archive. Headquarters, Department of the Army. Retrieved 24 January 2017.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.

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