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mine (ordnance)

Definition/Scope: (JP 3-15) 1. In land mine warfare, an explosive or material, normally encased, designed to destroy or damage ground vehicles, boats, or aircraft, or designed to wound, kill, or otherwise incapacitate personnel. It may be detonated by the action of its victim, by the passage of time, or by controlled means. 2. In naval mine warfare, an explosive device laid in the water with the intention of damaging or sinking ships or of deterring shipping from entering an area. The term does not include devices attached to the bottoms of ships or to harbor installations by personnel operating underwater, nor does it include devices which explode immediately on expiration of a predetermined time after laying.

Broader Terms:

explosive ordnance

Narrower Terms:

aerial mine
command detonated mine
contact mine
controlled mine
land mine
mine components
naval mine

Related Terms:

mine warfare

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