Anti-personnel Obstacle Breaching System
The Anti-personnel Obstacle Breaching System (APOBS) is an explosive line charge system designed to clear breaching lanes through complex antipersonnel obstacles (anti-personnel mines and wire obstacles) from a safe standoff position. This two man portable system is hand emplaced and enables dismounted soldiers to rapidly clear a footpath through anti-personnel obstacles. The user has a choice of two actuation modes, delay or command, to ignite the rocket motor that propels the line charge over the area to be breached. Front and rear fuzes sense the launch loads and initiate the fully deployed line charge after landing on the obstacles. Specially designed fragmentation grenades spaced out along the line charge neutralize anti-personnel landmines and sever high strength multi-strand wire. The system has been tested and certified to the Insensitive Munition (IM) safety and hazard standards defined in MIL-STD-2105. The lighter weight, faster deployment, obstacle standoff, and insensitive munition compliance of the APOBS system provide the solider an improved and safer alternative to the Bangalore Torpedo.