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Soldiers guide an M113 APC onto the range to launch the M58 Mine Clearing Line Charge (MICLIC) at Fort Chaffee, Ark., July 19, 2011.
Arkansas Army National Guard Soldiers detonates an M58 Mine Clearing Line Charge (MICLIC) at the National Training Center (NTC), Fort Irwin, Calif, 16 August 2015.

The M58 Mine Clearing Line Charge (MICLIC) is a rocket-projected explosive line charge which provides a "close-in" demining capability for maneuver forces of the United States Army and Marine Corps.[1] It is effective against conventionally fuzed land mines and, when detonated, it provides a lane 8 meters by 100 meters.[2] The MICLIC system consists of an M353 3½ ton[3] or M200A1 2½ 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.[4] The line charge is 350 feet long and contains 5 pounds per linear foot of C-4 explosive.[1] 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. [5] The M147 Firing Kit can also be employed from other combat engineer vehicles, namely the M60AVLB and the M1150 Assault Breacher Vehicle.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b David Bellavia (25 December 2012). House to House: A Tale of Modern War. Simon and Schuster. pp. 85–. ISBN 978-1-4711-0587-6.
  2. ^ US Army Engineer Center and School of Fort Belvoir (1986). Handbook of employment concepts for mine warfare systems. U.S. Army Engineer Center and School.
  3. ^ Multiservice Helicopter External Air Transport: Single-point Load Rigging Procedures. Headquarters, Departments of the Army, the Air Force, the Navy and Department of Transportation. 1996.
  4. ^ Army Ammunition Data Sheets for Demolition Materials. Headquarters, Department of the Army. 1992. pp. 4–.
  5. ^ John Hoellwarth (June 9, 2007). "ABV to protect combat engineers". Marine Corps Times. Archived from the original on 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2011-11-06.

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