Light Weight Mine Roller
The Light Weight Mine Roller (LWMR) protects vehicles from buried mines and pressure initiated explosive devices by using roller gangs, which follow the ground over undulating terrain, to apply pressure to the ground ahead of the host vehicle to detonate a threat before the vehicle and its crew reaches them. The LWMR gives track width protection.
The system is generally used where there is a possibility, rather than the probability of the presence of threats on an intended route.
The product is battle proven and is in service with, amongst others, the U.S. Army and the Canadian Armed Forces.
The LWMR comprises two 4-wheel roller gangs to protect the vehicle tracks. The wheel tyres are puncture proof and are made from a special wear resistant semi-compliant polyurethane compound.
The system is lightweight yet generates a heavy effect using hydraulic power to transfer a proportion of the vehicle weight onto the roller wheels to generate the required pushdown force to detonate any explosive devices. This hydraulic design avoids the requirement for self-weight roller wheels which add unnecessary weight to the host vehicle.
The LWMR can be fitted using a common interface kit which allows the task equipment to be quickly and easily interchanged and jettisoned increasing the operational capability of the host vehicle.