This ‘Shredder’ Cuts Through Earth Like Butter But Watch Its Rockets Blow Up IEDs
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This short video will show you the ease with which this highly modified Abrams tank can move tons of earth in seconds. Nicknamed “The Shredder,” this Assault Breacher Vehicle has a chassis of the famous M1 Abrams tank but is equipped with tons of specialized equipment that allows it perform its specialized tasks.
Built essentially as a massive plow, its job is to clear paths for troops while detecting mines, bombs and IEDs. What helps it plow through the earth with ease as you’ll see in the video, is a 1,500 horsepower engine. It allows this 72-ton earth mover clear whatever hazards lay ahead.
There were a total of 39 Shredders built between 2010 and today.
When a threat is detected up ahead, the vehicle can shoot out rocket-propelled lines with explosives on the end which is something you’ll see in the clip below as well. The charges can then be detonated from a safe distance to eliminate the threat, allowing troops or equipment to pass safely. It’s a simple solution but it works perfectly.
Also, it could probably come in handy if you live in a big city. Rush hour would become much less of a problem.