MSPO 2019 : PGZ Presents its TMN and MZK-E Mine Throwers

TMN and MZK-E Thrower are designed for firing anti-tank scatterable MN-123 mines. Those are part of the elements of the engineering mine scattering system.

MSPO 2019 PGZ Presents his TMN and MZK E Mine Thrower 925 001
TMN and MZK-E Mine Throwers (Picture source Army Recognition)

The engineering mine scattering system includes carrier vehicle, throwers with mine clusters, and a controller installed in the driver's cab, among other components. With six throwers mounted, the ISMN is capable of throwing 600 mines in less than 3 minutes, creating a vast minefield 180 m wide and 1000 m long. The mines are actuated after detection of vehicle outline moving above them. They are activated by magnetic fuzes. It is possible to program the mines to self-destruction after a set of time before scattering them. MN-123 mines can inflict extensive damage on the vehicle even if it's not penetrated. The mines are also available as training mines - MN-123/C and mock-ups - MN-123/O.

TMN and MZK-E mine throwers, which are mounted on land vehicles, are designed for MN-123 antitank minefield barrier scattering by subunits of engineer troops at the tactical level. The mine throwers contain mechanically coupled set of 20 barrels for scattering and disintegration of MN 123 mine clusters. A moving carrier with mounted throwers facilitates scattering of barrier minefield parallel to the route on the belt of about 70m wide while maintaining its own safety. Structure of the throwers makes it possible to scatter mines on both sides behind the moving vehicle and laterally at 45° angle in the opposite driving direction.

Each thrower (calibre 188 mm) has a weight of 360 kg and measures 1418 length x 894 width x 1200 mm height. The mines can be thrown in two different ways: laterally or behind the carrier. The minefield width is depending on the setting of but the maximum distance reached is 180 meter. The duration of the loading thrower is about 20 minutes.