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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.



Assault Breacher Vehicle (ABV)

Armed with approximately 7,000 pounds of C4 explosives and a mine resistant Titanium-plated undercarriage, the Assault Breacher Vehicle (ABV) ensures Marines can maneuver on the battlefield despite enemy minefields.