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Mine VS-50Technical drawing of Mine VS-50
Type Anti-Personnel-Mine
Operation Blast mine
Diameter 90 mm
Height 45 mm
Weight 185 g
Explosive weight 43 Gramm
Explosive type RDX
Operating pressure 10 kg
Detectability Very difficult to detect
Manufacturer Valsella Meccanotecnica SpA, Italy
Licenced copy SPM-1 (Singapore)
Used in Angola, Ecuador, Iraq, Kuwait, Peru, Rwanda, Zimbabwe

VS-50 is a resilient plastic-cased scatterable Anti-Personnel (AP) blast mine. The mine is constructed from three main assemblies: the top and bottom screw onto a central section housing the fuze mechanism. The black neoprene pressure pad, reinforced with either a metal or plastic plate (specified by the customer), seals the cavity in the top section of the mine. In the central section, the fuze has a spring-loaded striker retained by a bar on a pivoted shutter. There is also a small inflatable bladder and a red plastic safety pin to prevent the shutter from pivoting. The base section holds the main charge and has a central threaded detonator well. During transit a blue plug is fitted; this is replaced by the body-coloured stab-sensitive M41 detonator assembly during arming. An electronic anti-handling version of this mine (VS-50 EO3) was also produced. The mine was manufactured in olive green and sand colours, with other options available.