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Quickstrike bottom mines

Country of Origin: USA


The U.S. Navy's Quickstrike series of aircraft-laid bottom mines are conversions of Mk 80 series bombs and were follow-ons to the Destructor series, replacing the aborted EX-52 through -54 mines.

The conversion includes the installation of a modular arming kit containing an arming device, explosive booster and Mk 57 magnetic-seismic or Mk 58 magnetic-seismic-pressure target detection devices (TDDs). Mk 70 and Mk 71 TDDs replaced Mk 57/Mk 58s in production in the mid-1980s.


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