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PHOTO : MISAR's Raider, a special Italian mortar that fires scatterable anti-personnel mines.
2 The Army currently relies on the family of scatterable mines as its foundational obstacle system.
This style of leadership is poorly suited for the battlefield for a very simple reason: once the shooting starts, you can't control the small details anyway, you can't be everywhere, and your job is to focus on those few key battlefield decisions--mostly when and where to employ your key combat multipliers like FASCAM (Family of Scatterable Mines), Volcano mines, attack helicopters or your task force reserve--to give your subordinates the best chance to win and survive, If you're doing anything else, you're not doing your job.
Scatterable mine capabilities can easily create countermobility effects triggered by the commander's decision points, but other obstacle methods may be used to create an uncertain mobility picture for the enemy.
As we move to the future we must get used to replacing conventional hand-emplaced mines with scatterable mines.
We are replacing the M113 armored personnel carrier and fielding Volcano mine delivery systems back to the armored brigade combat teams in the short term while we work the larger family of scatterable mine replacement over the next decade.
Tripwires are commonly used with bounding mines (PROM-1), scatterable mines (BLU42/B), stake mines (PMR-2A), and directed fragmentation (claymore style) antipersonnel mines, along with hundreds of others.
forces are no longer authorized to employ persistent land mines, nonpersistent scatterable mines are the only deployable land mine systems currently in the U.
Wide-area surveillance from FBCT and divisional assets, and route reconnaissance by combined arms battalion assets, will identify changes from previous reconnaissance, thus identifying recently emplaced buried or surface-laid scatterable mines or the emplacement of IEDs to cue the ground mine-detection-equipped UGV.