Marine Corp. Assault Breacher Vehicle

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HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan: A vehicle that looks like a hybrid of a tank and bulldozer comes to a stop. An enormous blast shrieks through the air and delivers 1,750 pounds of C4 on the road ahead.

The Marine Corps newest vehicle, an assault breacher vehicle, has detonated a route clearing, line charge, making its first combat assault in Marine Corps history.

The Marine Corps prepared the ABV crew and the vehicle for combat for approximately two years. On the morning of Dec. 3, the ABV fired its first line charge during Operation Cobra's Anger in Now Zad, Afghanistan.

Due to mass amounts of roadside bombs expected around Now Zad, ABV's led the way for the operation by detonating numerous line charges on the path to the Taliban stronghold, Now Zad.

Pride in the ABV's development and capability was obvious amongst the Marines. "There was no guidebook for this vehicle. We've had to develop our own tactics and procedures. I think that's awesome. It's very rewarding. This project is kind of like our baby. It's pretty amazing to see it all come together," said Sgt. Jeremy A. Kinsey, an ABV vehicle commander for 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion

The rest of the story - http://www.defencetalk.com/marines-deploy-new-assault-breacher-vehicles-in-combat-23371/
 

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