The Mine Roller Tank: Journey Through Time of mine clearance equipment

Mine Roller – A Historic Journey

Mine Roller – A Historic Journey

The Mine Roller has evolved since its original inception into a mine rolling system that is sophisticated and safe to use.

Towards the end of the First World War, the British Army started experimenting with Tank Bridges and Mine Rollers in an attempt to ensure safe passage for their tanks.

In 1918, there were three special Tank Battalions created to find and detonate unexploded mines, however they were never deployed because the War ended.

It did not stop the continued development of the Mine Roller and in 1942, detachable mine roller arms were developed which saw action in August of 1942, and by October of 1943, eighteen Mine Rollers were in action, helping to make safe our British Troops on the ground.

The detachable arms meant that the tanks could be used routinely and the arms attached just for mine clearance, making the Armed Forces more manoeuvrable, and these were used from the 1980’s by the American Armed Forces and the Israeli Army.

Lighter arms were subsequently adapted by the British for the desert, with one roller which was the full width of the tank being adapted to be two rollers which were situated in front of the tracks, making the arms far more portable, and some Armies now use this style of Mine Roller to protect themselves against mines and then use mine flails to clear them.

More recently in Afghanistan, NATO forces adapted the mine roller technology to protect themselves against Improvised Explosive Devices planted on logistic routes to forward operating bases as part of a Route Proving and Clearance System (RPCS). The principle of providing a weight in front of the vehicle to initiate any pressure activated victim operated devices allowed these devices to fulfil the role of a C-IED Mine Roller System.

From Mine Roller to C-IED Mine Rollersand Mine Flails - a noteworthy journey and one which will continue to develop and evolve as the need for better and safer machinery is called for.

To find out more about the Armtrac’s C-IED Mine Roller System, click here.