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American Ordnance receives contract for Mine Clearing Line Charge systems

Posted by Dylan Malyasov on


 The U.S. Army Contracting Command has awarded American OrdnanceLockheed Martin a $23 million contract for Mine Clearing Line Charge systems. 

On 25 September, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has announced that American Ordnance LLC, Middletown, Iowa, was awarded a $23,178,756 firm-fixed-price contract for Mine Clearing Line Charge systems.

Also noted that work will be performed in Middletown, Iowa, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2020.

American Ordnance LLC, the operator of the Milan and Iowa Army Ammunition Plants, produces the M58 and M59 Mine Clearing Charge (MICLIC) for the U.S. Military and other State Department approved customers.

The M58 and M59 Mine Clearing Linear Charge consist of 700 charge assemblies assembled to a nylon rope.
The rope assembly is coiled inside a metal container that can be trailer mounted for transport.

Mine Clearing Charge

Engineer units employ the MICLIC in response to minefield breaching requirements. It is effective against conventionally fuzed mines and when detonated provides a lane 8 meters by 100 meters. The charge is 350 feet long and contains 5 pounds per linear foot of Comp C-4 explosive.

For example:

Photo by Sgt. William Tanner

Troopers assigned to Alpha Troop, Regimental Engineer Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, prepare their Stryker Combat Vehicle and Mine Clearing Line Charge device before firing during their unit’s MCLC range at Grafenwoehr Training Area, located near Rose Barracks, Germany, March 2-3, 2016.

Photo by Sgt. William Tanner

A fire a rocket with a chain of C4 charges from their Mine Clearing Line Charge device during their unit’s MCLC range.

Photo by Sgt. William Tanner

A detonate a rocket with a chain of C4 charges fired from their Mine Clearing Line Charge device during their unit’s MCLC range.

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