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AN/PSS-12 Metallic Mine Detector

Primary function: Mine Detection.
Manufacturer: Schiebel Instruments, Inc.
Power Supply: Four 1.5 V batteries
Operating Time: 70 hours
Weight: Mine Detector in transport case: 13.7 lbs. (6.2 kilograms)
Mine Detector: 8.5 lbs. (3.8 kg.)
Deployment Method: Hand Held
Materials: The Telescopic pole consists of an inner plastic tube and outer aluminum tube.
Unit Replacement Cost: $1,196

Mission: To locate land mines during minefield breaching, road sweep and follow-on clearance operations.

Features: The AN/PSS-12 Mine Detector is a light weight, hand held, metallic mine detector. It is capable of detecting very small metallic objects such as small firing pins in plastic and wooden mines. The AN/PSS-12 Mine Detector is capable of detecting mines in fresh or salt water, and objects buried up to 20 inches in the ground.

Inventory: 547. Approximately 300 are currently fielded to FMF units and training commands. The majority of these assets are held in the Combat Engineer Battalions, Engineer Support Battalions and Marine Wing Support Squadrons.

Background: The AN/PSS-12 mine detector replaces the PSS-11 Metallic Mine Detector. The PSS-11 had reached its end of service life, and needed to be replaced with state-of-the-art technology. The AN/PSS-12 represents a world-class mine detector capable of detecting small amounts of metal found in modern land mines.

Date last modified: 05/21/96

Last Modified on June 17, 1999