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MON-50


Anti-Personnel (AP) Fragmentation Mine


Soviet Union | 1965



"The MON-50 mimics the American M18 Claymore anti-personnel mine in both form and function."



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The MON-50 serves the Russian Army, and many other global operators, as an infantry-level Anti-Personnel (AP) mine. Its form and function is very reminiscent of the American M18 "Claymore" AP mine and both were developed during the Cold War period (1947-1991). Under the Soviet banner, the MON-50 was exported en mass to supported states and allied nations and, as such, sees consistent battlefield use even today.

The MON-50 utilizes a plastic casing and typically takes on a grey, olive, or green appearance. A pair of scissors-type "feet" are affixed to the mine's underside which allow it to stand on its own or to be driven into soft terrain (sand, dirt). A special spike is also available for driving the mine into more solid surfaces such as wood. The weapon weighs just two kilograms and has an overall length of 226mm, a width of 35mm, and height of 155mm.

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Internally, there is 700 grams of RDX explosive substance which, when combined with the natural fragmentation of the mine's body, causes lethal damage out to 60 meters officially - though fragments are recorded as far away as 300 meters. Various fuzes / detonations are available: direct command (via demolition cable), seismic sensor, breakwire / tripwire, and mechanical pull. A peep-style sighting device is fitted over the mine to assist the operator in determining exact blast direction.

The MON-100 and MON-200 are other types of AP mines developed by the Soviet Union and vary in their shape and battlefield role.

The MON-50 sees current production in Russia as well as outside of it (Bulgaria).

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Physical
The physical qualities of the MON-50. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
226 mm
8.90 in
O/A Length
226 mm
8.90 in
Barrel Length
4.41 lb
2.00 kg
Weight
Directional; Single-Use
Action
Not Applicable.
Caliber(s)
Single-Use
Feed
Not Applicable.
Sights
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the MON-50 Anti-Personnel (AP) Fragmentation Mine family line.
MON-50 - Base Series Designation.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the MON-50. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): State Arsenals - Soviet Union
National flag of Afghanistan National flag of Albania National flag of Armenia National flag of Azerbaijan National flag of Bangladesh National flag of Belarus National flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina National flag of Bulgaria National flag of China National flag of Egypt National flag of Estonia National flag of Finland National flag of Georgia National flag of Hungary National flag of Indonesia National flag of Iraq National flag of Iran National flag of Kyrgyzstan National flag of Latvia National flag of Libya National flag of Malaysia National flag of Mongolia National flag of Myanmar National flag of North Korea National flag of Pakistan National flag of Poland National flag of Romania National flag of Russia National flag of the Soviet Union National flag of Tajikistan National flag of Thailand National flag of Turkmenistan National flag of Ukraine National flag of Uzbekistan National flag of Vietnam National flag of Yugoslavia

[ Afghanistan; Albania; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Belarus; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Cambodia; China; Egypt; Estonia; Finland; Georgia; Hungary; Indonesia; Iran; Iraq; Kyrgyzstan; Laos; Latvia; Libya; Malaysia; Myanmar; Moldova; Mongolia; North Korea; Pakistan; Poland; Romania; Russia; Soviet Union; Tajikistan; Thailand; Turkmenistan; Ukraine; Uzbekistan; Vietnam; Yugoslavia ]
Design Qualities
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SPECIAL PURPOSE
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Similar
Developments of similar form-and-function, or related, to the MON-50 Anti-Personnel (AP) Fragmentation Mine.
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