Infantry: November 12, 2004

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American marines fighting in Iraq have come up with a quick and simple way to quickly clear a stretch of road of remotely controlled bombs. Marine armored vehicles (AAVs) can be equipped with the Mk 154 Mine Clearance System, which uses rockets to propel a cable (stuffed with explosives) down a road. The explosives are detonated, and all mines, and road side bombs, are detonated or disabled over an area of 14 by 100 meters. The Mk 154 was originally designed to quickly clear mines during combat. But it turns out to work against booby traps and roadside bombs as well. The army has a similar system. Both systems are developed from the World War II era bangalore torpedo.

 


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