Shielder minelaying system

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Shielder mounted on an Alvis Stormer variant

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Twenty-nine Shielder systems are currently deployed with the British Army.[citation needed] 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.[1]