Mining operations and simulated blasting practice for combat engineers

Autor: Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

Over 100 soldiers from the 151st Engineer Battalion and the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade have concluded a ten-day training exercise in the handling, laying and demining of anti-tank mines. The exercise took place at the Boletice Military Training Area.

The aim of the exercises was not only to test and grade soldiers’ skills in installing and detecting minefields, but also to practise the coordination procedures of the 4th Brigade Task Force units for future joint deployments.

The engineers worked with the PTMiBa III anti-tank mines. The exercise instructs soldiers, in accordance with the requirements of modern warfare, how to: correctly insert detonators into the mines, lay them at the correct depth, gauge the ground, seasonal and bedrock conditions, as well as the enemy’s position. The mines are then camouflaged to blend in with the surrounding terrain.

The demining and minesweeping (detecting the mines) phase of the training includes the use of metal detectors, mine spikes and personal protective equipment such as helmets, armoured gloves, vests, etc. for neutralising the findings. When a soldier discovers a mine, it is tagged and secured with an anchor attached to elevator rope and is then remotely extracted from the bed.

The exercise was successfully completed on 13th April and served to enhance the defence capability of the 4th Brigade Task Force whose lead unit is the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade.

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By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

April 20, 2018