Mobile Marine Fireworks

2nd CEB tests new line charges

Marines with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion launch a line charge from an Assault Breacher Vehicle here for the first time in the fleet, Nov. 23. The line charge, a long string of C4 explosives attached to a rocket, is used to clear a lane of all mines or improvised explosive devices so that tanks and other large equipment have a safe path to navigate on. (Official Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Brian M. Woodruff)

Marines with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion launch a line charge from an Assault Breacher Vehicle here for the first time in the fleet, Nov. 23. The line charge, a long string of C4 explosives attached to a rocket, is used to clear a lane of all mines or improvised explosive devices so that tanks and other large equipment have a safe path to navigate on. (Official Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Brian M. Woodruff)

On Nov. 23, the Marines with 2nd Combat Engineers Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, fired the M58 A3 line charge from the Assault Breacher Vehicle (ABV) for the first time since the ABV hit the fleet.

The line charge, a 350 foot long string of C4 explosives, is launched by an MK 22 Mod 4 rocket mounted on the ABV. The rocket’s purpose is to stretch the charge to its full length. Once the charge is stretched out, Marines detonate it, creating a lane eight meters wide and 100 meters long.

After the charge is detonated, the lane is free of any mines, improvised explosive devices, or other hazards the Marines may face…

Besides the ability to launch line charges, it has a full width mine plow, a lane marking system, remote control system and a protective weapon system…

The vehicle is run by a two man crew but has the option to be remotely operated.

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