APOBS is a self-contained, one-shot, expendable linear demolition charge, capable of safely clearing a footpath through anti-personnel mines and multi-strand wire obstacles. Clearing a pathway 45 meters in length by 0.6 to 2.0 meters in width, one APOBS clears what it would take 27 sections of Bangalore Torpedo to clear. APOBS can be easily transported and deployed by a two-person team. This lightweight system is carried in two backpacks and a small, soft pack with a combined weight of 125 lbs and a setup time of less than 2 minutes.
APOBS can either be employed with either “Delay Mode” or “Command Mode” initiation of the tractor rocket motor. Line charge detonation occurs approximately 10 seconds after launch. APOBS meets the Insensitive Munition (IM) safety and hazard standards defined in MIL-STD-2105 and also meets the fuze board safety requirements of MIL-STD-1316. The Forward and Alt Fuze provide safety redundancy. The system meets Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Ordnance (HERO) requirements by using no electrically initiated devices. The environmentally sealed shipping and storage container and backpacks ensures a long shelf life.
In service with the US Army and the US Marine Corps.