M58 MICLIC

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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. 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 3½ ton 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. 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".[1]

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  1. ^ John Hoellwarth (June 9, 2007). "ABV to protect combat engineers". Marine Corps Times. 

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