VS-50 is a plastic anti-personnel blast mine incorporating an
overpressure mechanism preventing initiation in the event of
sudden shock or impact. Manufactured in Italy and usually green
or sand coloured, the mine has been found in Afghanistan, Angola,
Ecuador, Iraq, Kurdistan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mozambique, Peru,
Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Western Sahara and Zimbabwe.
Main charge: 45g RDX
red arming "pin" shown in the picture above varies in shape
depending on the method of distribution, which could be mechanical
or by hand.
The mine was offered with varying degrees of metal content as
selected by the purchaser. Some are fitted with a metal plate
and so relatively easy to detect with a metal-detector, in others
the plate is replaced with a plastic alternative. There is no
known external distinguishing mark to indicate those that are