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Soldier: "This is a compilation of miclic blasts in Southern Afghanistan. We use them quite frequently while doing route clearance."
The M58 Mine Clearing Line Charge (MICLIC) is a rocket projected explosive line charge which provides a "close-in" breaching capability for maneuver forces. It is effective against conventionally fuzed land mines and, when detonated, it provides a lane 8 meters by 100 meters.
The MICLIC system consists of an M353 3-1/2 ton or M200A1 2-1/2 ton trailer (or M200 tracked trailer) chassis, a launcher assembly, an M147 firing kit, an M58A3 line charge and a 5-inch MK22 Mod 4 rocket. The line charge is 350 feet long and contains 5 pounds per linear foot of C-4 explosive.
In the event a MICLIC fails to detonate normally, it can be manually activated by time-delay fuses every few feet along the length of it. Due to the inherent dangers of entering a live minefield to manually arm the backup fuses on a charge that could still detonate at any moment, possibly while under enemy fire as well, the act is jokingly referred to as the "Medal of Honor run".
In: Afghanistan, Middle East
Tags: u.s. army, weapons, afghanistan, explosions, combat engineers, pioneers
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