Chemring launches new PED Mk2 explosives initiator
Chemring Technology Solutions has launched a new successor to its PED100 timer-based programmable explosives initiator, the PED Mk2. The new system is a third of the weight of the original, and includes an integrated programmer.
PED Mk2 has a countdown range from 1 minute to 30 days. The integrated programmer allows the timer to be set in the field to allow greater operational flexibility.
Its capability has also been enhanced to allow it to survive immersion to a depth of 30 meters; as a result the PED Mk2 can be used to support operations that include general combat demolitions, ammunition disposal and underwater mine clearance.
Despite its reduced size and weight, PED Mk2 has greater firing energy (1.5 joules) and a higher countdown resolution of one second which allows for accurate synchronisation of multiple detonations. According to the company, the small size and near silent emissions profile of PED Mk2 also reduces the probability that the timer will be discovered. If discovered, removal of the tear-off keypad makes it impossible to re-programme or repurpose the device.
Mike Luedicke, general manager, Chemring Technology Solutions, said: ‘PED Mk2 has been developed to improve mission efficiency by minimising training needs and delivering a more flexible and precise timing system. As it does not require a separate programming device, it allows the user, such as military engineers, to rapidly set custom time delays at the point of deployment.’
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