Assault Breacher Vehicle
On December 3, 2009, the Marine Corps' newest vehicle detonated its first path-clearing line charge in Afghanistan. This happy occasion would mark the Assault Breacher Vehicle's (ABV) first combat action and introduce a new method for combating Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Built on the chassis of a M1A1 Abrams Tank, the tracked ABV is equipped with a mine-clearing plow, a .50 cal machine gun and a device that fires a rocket-propelled line of C4 explosives up to 150 yards. Assault Breacher Vehicles ensure Marines can get to the battlefield without going through a minefield.
- 1,500 Horsepower tank engine
- Armed with the M58 Mine Clearing Line Charge (MICLIC)
- Carries approximately 7,000 pounds of C4 explosives
- Line charges clear an area 14 meters wide
- Weighs 72 tons and has a length of 40 feet
- Titanium-plated undercarriage
- Can be driven remotely
Just a few of the enlisted ABV roles include:
- Combat Engineer
- Engineer Equipment Mechanic
- Assault Breacher Vehicle Mechanic
- Diesel Mechanic
- Assault Breacher Vehicle Operator
View a list of roles in the Marine Corps.