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21st September, 2023 Security

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  • Six hundred indigenously-manufactured self-neutralizing anti-tank mines, known as "Vibhav", have been inducted into the Army.
  • Aim: to provide mobility kill against all enemy armored vehicles.

Anti-Tank Mines Vibhav and its Features

  • "Vibhav" is a point-attack anti-tank munition.
  • The anti-tank mine is made of new-age plastic, which gives it adequate strength and durability to withstand the requirements of storage, handling, and operating in varying field conditions.
  • It has been designed and developed completely indigenously in a joint venture with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in India.
  • The mines are designed to provide mobility kill against all enemy armoured vehicles.
  • The munition can be laid both mechanically or manually.
  • A host of safety and actuation mechanisms have been incorporated in "Vibhav" to make it safe to handle, lethal against targets and reliable.
  • The integrated explosive, mechanical, and electronic safety features ensure utmost operator safety.
  • On the other hand, the lethality of the munition ensures effectiveness against all current and futuristic armored vehicles.
  • The munition also incorporates an electronic anti-handling and anti-lift device (EAHALD) that stays active for 120 days once armed.
  • It has mechanical timers now. Due to this, after 120 days, it will be self-neutralised.
  • It has a storage life of 10 years with no special storage requirements.


Q. Consider the following statements with reference to Vibhav.

1."Vibhav" is a point-attack anti-tank munition.

2.The anti-tank mine is made of new-age plastic.

3.After 120 days, it is self-neutralised.

How many of the above are incorrect?

A) Only 1

B) Only 2

C) All 3

D) None

Answer: D) None