The Aerial Mine was a type of mine specifically developed for use against aerial vehicles. It functions by using a balloon similar to the Fulton surface-to-air recovery system to float in midair.
- Main article: Peace Walker Incident
During the Peace Walker Incident in 1974, the Militaires Sans Frontières procured design specs for the Aerial Mine system while attempting to rescue an Sandinista National Liberation Front POW at the Los Cantos Region. They put it to use against various choppers later on, and also upgraded it.
Behind the scenes
The Aerial Mine is a weapon system in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, developed at Mother Base. They see use during vehicle battles relating to attack choppers. Although the weapon itself is entirely fictional, it's concept was based on a weapons system developed by the British during World War II, where balloons were used to carry mines that drop when enemy aircraft sever the cables.[source?]
- "A self-detonating explosive charge that floats in midair using the same type of balloon as the Fulton recovery system, designed for aerial ambushes.
It can be quite effective as a mine against helicopters and other craft that fly at a high altitude."
- ―Aerial Mine description in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
Although Aerial Mines aren't confirmed to be making a reappearance in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain themselves, the player was demonstrated in the Gamescom 2014 demo for the game to improvise a similar system in the field by rigging a vehicle such as a jeep with C4 and then use the Fulton balloon on the vehicle when an enemy chopper is directly above it, causing catastrophic damage.