The Russian defense industry has unveiled a new self-propelled mine-clearing rocket system during Kavkaz-2020 strategic drills for the first time.
The new BMP-3-based mine-clearing system with a hundred meters of explosive is designed to providing a “close-in” demining capability for maneuver forces.
The new system is based on the tracked chassis of the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle. The mine-clearing vehicle has a roof-mounted launcher for line charges used to breach and clear obstacles. These are launched by rocket over a minefield and filled with explosives. The overpressure of their explosion detonates many types of mines and dislodges unaffected mines.
Line charges are detonating hidden bombs at a safe distance, so that troops and vehicles can pass through safely.
The new vehicle developed by the «Rezonans» company for replacement Soviet UR-77 mine-clearing vehicle, based on a variant of the 2S1 Gvozdika chassis.