The Valmara 59 is a large cylindrical Italian bounding anti-personnel mine. It is the first in the "Valmara" family of mines produced by Valsella Meccanotecnica, and was followed by the Valmara 69 and VS-JAP. The mine's body is metal with a distinctive five-pronged head. The central prong has a hole, to allow the threading a trip wire. The inner body of the mine has a main charge surrounded with approximately 1,000 steel cubes, below which is a steel wire connecting it to the base of the mine. When the mine is triggered a small charge launches the mine into the air approximately 45 cm before the steel wire is pulled taut, the jolt of which pulls a striker into the detonator. A secondary time fuse triggers the mine after three seconds if it has not detonated after being triggered.
The fragments produced by the mine are lethal to a range of 25 meters, and are capable of penetrating light armour.
- Diameter: 102 mm
- Height: 196 mm
- Weight: 3.2 kg
- Explosive content: Reported between 0.42 kg and 0.56 kg of Composition B with a RDX booster charge.
- Operating pressure: 10.8 kg pressure, 6 kg pull.
- Brassey's Essential Guide to Anti-Personnel Landmines, Eddie Banks, ISBN 1-85753-228-7
- Valmara 59 at ORDATA
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