Ukraine’s armed forces have taken out a Russian tank using a French HPD-2A2 anti-tank mine.
Photos with Haut Pouvoir de Destruction (HPD) series mines were released by a Ukrainian military officer on Twitter who said they were delivered to them by France. The me gets triggered by an induction sensor that detonates a cumulative charge when an enemy vehicle passes by.
The official also published a video featuring a Russian tank destroyed on this mine.
HPD-2A2 is capable of penetrating 150 mm armor and can be hidden at a depth of up to 1.5m. It includes a protection device sensitive to movement and signals coming from mine detectors.
The military will set a time (4-96 hours) for the mine to explode, and if that doesn’t happen, then it self-destructs. If they have not set a duration and have just armed it, then the mine will wait for 30 days and neutralize itself.
The design of the mine allows it to be removed after self-neutralization and sent to the factory for re-equipment.
HPD-2A2 is produced under license in Switzerland for the Swiss Army as “Panzerabwehrmine 88”.