The PMA -3 is an anti -personnel mine produced in Yugoslavia, which was widely used during the Yugoslav wars. It is the successor of the PMA -2.
The mine is 40 millimeters high, has a diameter of 111 millimeters and is similar in shape and size of a shoe polish tin. It consists of two plastic shells which are held together with a black rubber skin; The upper shell includes the explosives ( 35 grams tetryl ), the lower tray carrying the igniter (chemical UPMAH igniter 3 ) which is triggered by pressure. As a safety device located on the outside at the top of the mine body, a plastic ring. On the bottom of the mine is labeled PMA -3. It is also waterproof, resistant to pressure waves and difficult to detect.
In a lateral pressure of about eight kilograms on the upper shell, this will tilt down. Here, the firing pin rubs by the Intialladung. By this friction in the initial charge due to a chemical reaction that generates heat. This heat initiates the detonator, which in turn the explosive charge.
Was introduced in the mine of the states of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Macedonia. Are delivered to the mines in packing units of ten pieces and a detonator container with ten detonators. Seven Pack units result in a transport unit.
The mine is recorded at the lower shell and removed after unscrewing the locking screw, the igniter. Should the mine have been provided with resumption fuses or otherwise manipulated, it will be blown up without contact.