BLU-92/B GATOR antipersonnel (AP)
The BLU-92/B GATOR is a circular plastic bodied A pers mine which is designed to wound or kill by fragmentation. The mine was one of the early components of the American Family of Scatterable Mines (FASCAM) and came into service in the early 80's. It is designed for delivery by high speed attack aircraft and can be encounterd far from a battle area. The mine is circular but has square plastic "wings" for packaging in its dispenser and to give it a more aerodynamic shape for dispersion when scattered at low level. The plastic is usually broken off when the mine hits the ground. On the top and bottom of the mine, their are 4 angled slots which eject contact type actuating wires. The mine can be located visually but due to the likelyhood of it being mixed with BLU-91/B magnetic influence AT mines it should not be approached. The BLU-92/B GATOR can be defeated by blast overpressure from explosive breaching systems like the Giant Viper and MICLIC.
Alliant Techsystems, Accudyne Operations, Janesville, Wisconsin, was awarded on May 13, 1995, a $5,752,805 modification to a firm fixed price contract for 20,081 body assembly BLU-92/B in support of the CBU-89 A/B Air Force Gator. Work was performed in Janesville, Wisconsin, and was expected to be completed by March 28, 1997. There were two bids solicited on April 6, 1995, and one bid received. The contracting activity is the U.S. Army Armament, Munitions, and Chemical Command, Rock Island, Illinois (DAAA09-93-C-0485).
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