M98A1 ACHILLES designates newest improved version of Serbian indigenous design of combat military boots which has unique feature – providing of foot protection against all stan¬dard anti-personnel contact mines containing up to 45 gr of TNT. According to their outer appearance and characteristics (weight, general ergonomic aspects, foot comfort and soldier mobility, durability, water-resistance, etc.) this boot belongs to up-to date design of modern combat boots intended for difficult infantry or special operation forces combat requirements in various climate and ground conditions.
These features make M98A1 ACHILLES footwear-of-choice for worldwide members of infantry units and wide range of special operation forces. Anti-personnel mine protection capability has becom¬e an extremely important characteristic of combat boots at the beginning of 21st cen¬tury in view of the growing threat of AP mines nowadays and its ever increasing use in numerous low-intensity conflicts, including anti-guerrilla warfare, anti-terrorist warfare, civil wars, peace-keeping/peace-making operations, as well as in crisis manage¬ment operations etc.
In addition to the primary application-combat use, the M98A1 ACHILLES boots can be very important equipment for diverse civilian (humanitarian organi¬zations members in particular) who are in many cases more exposed to the action of silent and horrifying threat of anti-personnel mines. Having in mind millions of pieces of such weapons, dispersed in many crisis areas all over the world (Sub-Saharan Africa, South .and South-East. Asia, the Balkans, etc), these boots should become an irreplaceable part of equipment of any soldier and member of humanitarian organizations.