The ABV Assault Breacher Vehicle is deployed by U.S. Army in South Korea 2008132


Defence & Security News - United States

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 04:24 PM
The ABV Assault Breacher Vehicle is deployed by U.S. Army in South Korea.
The U.S. Army has added a new mine-resistant vehicle to its Korea fleet – the Assault Breacher Vehicle. The 70-ton ABV, nicknamed “The Shredder,” is designed to clear paths for troops to advance through minefields or areas where improvised explosive devices might be buried.

“The 2nd Infantry Division (2ID) of U.S. Army remains at the tip of the spear on the Korean peninsula, outfitted with the best soldiers and equipped with the most modern and lethal weapons that exist in the world today,” according to the 2ID statement.

The ABVs can be equipped with a plow and bulldozer blade to breach obstacles or dig up mines. They can also be equipped with a line charge, packed with C4 explosives that can be launched and detonated from the vehicle.

ABVs first got extensive use in Afghanistan in 2010 when the U.S. Marines brought them in to help deal with the IEDs, a popular weapon of the Taliban there.

“The Assault Breacher Vehicle is a tracked, combat-(engineered) vehicle designed to provide the capability for deliberate and in-stride breaching of mine fields and complex obstacles for the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team,” a 2ID release said.

The 2ID staged a field demonstration of the ABV for the media at Rodriguez Range, about 15 miles south of the DMZ. Six so far have been brought to South Korea.