AA Mine Discharger
The AA Mine Discharger was a Japanese
anti-aircraftweapon of the Second World War. The device was a simple tube like an infantry mortarof 70 mm or 81 mm caliber. Instead of a standard mortar bomb the projectile was a tube containing the 7 individual mines each approximately 11/16ths of an inch in diameter (18 mm) and 3 inches long (75 mm). Each mine was equipped with its own parachute. When fired, the mortar threw the shell to a range of 3,000 to 4,000 feet (900 to 1,200 m) and a maximum altitude of approximately 600 m. The shell ejected the mines at the top of its arc. They would then float down on their parachutes. They were fused to detonate on contact or after a fixed time period, damaging nearby aircraft.
It could also be used like a simple
cluster bombby firing over enemy troops.
Unrotated Projectilea British rocket launched parachute aerial mine system for ship defence.
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