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Python Mine clearance minefield breaching system
 
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The Python rocket propelled anti-tank mine clearance system is a further development of the Giant Viper and in addition to being in service with the Royal Engineers is also in service with the Royal Thai Armed Forces. In UK service Python is transported and launched from the new engineer tracked armoured vehicle Trojan based on the chassis of the main battle tank Challenger 2. Python is an effective minefield breaching system which has been successfully tested by the British Army. Python replaces the Giant Viper minefield breaching systems which date back to the 1950s.
The Mine Clearance system Python was used for the first time during combat operation, February 2010 in Afghanistan. Royal Engineers fired the Python rocket-powered mine clearance system to blow up improvised explosive devices (IEDs) lined along a route in Helmand Province as part of the ongoing Operation Moshtarak. The Python was used to clear a dry river bed of IEDs north of Patrol Base Wahid in Nad-e-Ali district in Helmand
 
 
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Python can rapidly clear a path through an anti-tank minefield between 183 to 230m long and up to 7.3m
wide. The Python has the ability to clear a much longer safe' lane than its predecessor. It is also faster to bring into action and far more accurate. It can clear a path up to 230m long and 7m wide through which vehicles can then safely pass. Trailer mounted Pythons can be towed in tandem' by the Chieftain Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers engineer tank (CHAVRE) (shown loaded with three gap-crossing fascines), giving the Royal Engineers the capability of breaching minefields over 400 meters deep.
The Python mine clearance system can be also mounted on a trailer pulled behind a Trojan armoured engineer tank, shoots a snake of high explosives high into the air and on to a minefield, where it explodes, detonating the mines. The Python, which is mounted on a trailer pulled behind a Trojan armoured engineer tank, shoots a snake of high explosives high into the air and on to a minefield, where it explodes, detonating the mines.
 
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Explosive
500 kg
Country users
United Kingdom
Designer Company
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Trailer weight
136 kg
Hode Length
230 m
Cleared zone
180m x 7.3m
 
 
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