Python Rocket Mine Sweeping Vehicle
Briton’s military get new mine sweeping system…
Briton’s Ministry of Defence has successfully deployed a new mine sweeping system known as the Python rocket.
Similar to the U.S military’s Mine Clearing Line Charge (MICLIC), The Python rocket is a trailer mounted ‘whip’ containing a string of explosives, designed ‘to open routes through complex battlefield obstacles and clear a path through minefields.’
Once launched, the rocket-propelled whip reaches up to one third of mile. The explosives are then detonated, triggering any mines or IEDs that are lying within, or close enough to its path.
Built by BAES for the British Royal Engineers, the Python rocket mounts the almost indestructible Trojan – an armored vehicle that boasts a dozer blade, mineplough and excavator arm. This video shows it in combat for the first time.
Lt Col Matt Bazeley, CO of 28 Engineering Regiment, who oversaw the use of Python during Operation Moshtarak in Afghanistan, said:
“We are clearing this belt of death so that civilians and their families can begin to live without fear of being blown to pieces by a cowardly and dishonorable enemy that is happy to kill indiscriminately,”
Staff Sergeant Mark Eastley from the 30 Armoured Engineer Squadron of the British Royal Engineers said:
“It takes your breath away. You feel the vehicle rock, and in awe of what has just happened. You see the flash, hear the bang and then feel the shock wave.”
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