Why the US is selling Volcano Mine Dispensers to Taiwan

Why the US is selling Volcano Mine Dispensers to Taiwan

The United States sells Taiwan Volcanos to help defend Taiwan against an invasion. The Volcano Mine Dispenser is a system that can quickly hurl anti-tank mines at Taiwan, making it impassible for heavy armor. Although the Volcano is an older system than it is now, its use in Taiwan would be a new one. This demonstrates the types of strategies Taiwan and the United States are evaluating when it comes time to defend the island nation.

Although land mines can be used aggressively, they are a good defensive weapon. The danger posed by a landmine is that all who pass through it are in danger. This makes attackers either face immediate danger or slow down their advance as they reroute around it. The Volcano allows the defenders create a minefield quickly.

According to an article, “Using a ground vehicle, a 1,000-meter minefield could be laid in 4-12 minutes depending on terrain and vehicle speed.” Army description. Volcano’s mines can be also deployed by helicopter. It can also deploy anti-personnel mines. Announcement The State Department mentions trucks for mounting and carrying the Volcano systems that it sells Taiwan, as well as anti-tank mines.

Enemy mine

Every landmine is an explosive that will explode in the future. Anti-personnel mines are used to kill civilians and are therefore prohibited by international treaties. (The United States is not a party to all of the treaties relating to land mines.

Anti-tank landmines are more difficult to accidentally set off without a vehicle and have detonation thresholds that make it harder to accidentally set them off. Largest and most deadly Vehicles on a battlefield. You can also program the detonation fuse to stop working after a certain time to ensure that anti-tank mines are not used to permanently delineate a border.

“A Soldier-selectable self-destruct mechanism disintegrates the mine at the end its active lifecycle – between 4 hours and 15 days, depending on the time selected,” declares The Army.

This is in keeping with the larger role mines play as tools to alter how battles are fought and not create static fronts. The announcement authorizing the sale refers to the mines as “munitions”, the broadest category of explosives fired from weapons. The Volcano can cover large areas and then leave that area strewn with active explosives for more than two weeks. One way to think about the Volcano as artillery is to send explosives forward in time and space.

Island time

Landmines can have a significant impact on where and how armies fight, as Russia’s invasion in Ukraine demonstrated. Ukraine borders Russia via land. However, Ukraine had a stash of explosives even before the February 2022 invasion. Littering the landscapeThis poses a threat to life or limb. Both sides used explosive barriers to restrict the movement of their foes after the invasion. While it is quick to place landmines, clearing landmines without causing injury or loss of life is usually more difficult. Specialized tools and time.

Because Taiwan is an island nation, its unique location makes it a significant physical barrier to hostile takeover. China cannot just move tanks across the border, unlike Russia and Ukraine. If the government of China wanted to invade Taiwan, it would have to be amphibious, landing soldiers and vehicles on ships as well as attacking from sea and air.

“I think we’ve been very explicit in the United States over many administrations that Taiwan must put its self-defense first and center. “We think that the Chinese place a premium upon speed,” stated Deputy Secretary of Defense. Kath Hicks At a December security forum

Hicks said, “And the best speed bump and deterrent to this is really Taiwan being able to demonstrate they can slow it down, let alone defend against it.” “And that’s where I think the Ukraine example can give the Chinese pause to consider the will of a people with the ability to stall or stop a campaign.

Although the Volcano isn’t the most powerful tool for stopping an invasion from sea, it does provide Taiwan with options for how to stop invaders once they have landed. The Volcano is able to block movement with explosive, deadly barriers that can be placed where they are needed for as long as they are needed. It turns the terrain impassable into an obstacle course, and blunts attacks with an explosion of explosive power.

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