Russian Army deploys new ISDM Zemledeliye mine layer at Zapad-2021 exercise

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As reported by Military Leak, the Russian army tested for the first time a new tactic of using in tandem the ISDM remote minelaying engineering system and mobile groups of heavy flamethrowers TOS-1A in the main phase of the joint strategic exercise Zapad-2021 at the Mulino proving ground in the Nizhny Novgorod Region.


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The ISDM is a remote-mining engineering system that was unveiled in June 2020 during the Victory Parade. The vehicle is based on a KamAZ 6560 8x8 military truck chassis with a mine launching system mounted at the rear. (Picture source: Russian MoD)


Two mobile groups of ten heavy flamethrowers TOS-1A Solntsepyok were employed to inflict losses on the advancing forces of a hypothetical enemy. A combination of explosions of uncontrolled unguided missiles with thermobaric warheads and a minefield planted by the ISDM remote-controlled minelaying engineering system Zemledeliye created a high-temperature fire-field and a zone of high pressure in the way of advancing enemy forces.

The ISDM is a remote-mining engineering system that was unveiled in June 2020 during the Victory Parade. The vehicle is based on a KamAZ 6560 8x8 military truck chassis with a mine launching system mounted at the rear. The system has been developed by Ganichev NPO Splav.

The ISDM fires solid-fuel rockets carrying various types of land mines. The system marks areas with mines on an electronic map and transmits data to higher levels of the command chain. Remote mine-laying has a number of advantages as it features an increased speed of mine laying in complex environments.

According to well-known data, the ISDM combat vehicle is fitted 50-barrel multiple launch rocket system consisting of two blocks with five rows of tube launchers. Each tube can fire one 122-mm rocket equipped with mines of various types. All the firing operations are controlled from inside of the crew cabin using a computerized automatic launching system. The system is supposed to be a mine dispenser working like air-dropped cluster bombs.

The reloading system includes a transport-loading unit, also based on an 8x8 KamAZ chassis.


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New ISDM minelaying system launcher unveiled at the Victory Day military parade in June 2020. (Picture source: Vitaly Kuzmin)

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