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M86 Pursuit Deterrent Munition (PDM)

DESCRIPTION: PDM is a manually-activated Area Denial Artillery Munition (ADAM) with a hand grenade-type release firing mechanism. It deploys up to seven trip wires and possesses the ADAM self-destruct capabilities. For safety purposes, arming will occur one minute after the firing mechanism is released.

STATUS: This system was fielded in 2QFY91.

EMPLOYMENT CONCEPT: This munition is employed primarily by Special Operations Forces to support hit-and-run, ambush, harassing, and urban warfare missions. PDM is also employed by Infantry, Light Combat Engineers, and Rangers where mission warrants the use of this device.

BASIS OF ISSUE: The PDM is issued as a Class V item of ammunition.

TRAINING/PERSONNEL: A training support package for PDM is being developed. Since PDM is used mostly by Special Forces personnel, extensive training is not required.

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