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    Plows and Rollers Part 2: Practical Exercise [Image 6 of 23]

    Plows and Rollers Part 2: Practical Exercise



    Photo by Thomas Alvarez 

    Idaho Army National Guard

    A crewman calls to another crew waiting to take the plow out for a test run. Out of Nampa, Idaho, the members of B Company, 2-116th Combined Arms Battalion (CAB), from the Idaho Army National Guard's 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (CBCT), bridged a 20-year gap in their units training history this November. For the first time in about 20 years, the company reacquainted themselves with the use of tank mine plows and mine rollers.
    A mine plow is a tank-mounted device designed to clear a lane through a minefield, allowing other vehicles to follow. Buried land mines are plowed up and pushed outside the tank's track path or tipped over. Since modern anti-tank mines rely on a focused explosion to destroy a tank, they are useless when turned upside-down. As the tank runs over the mine, it will expend its blast down instead of upwards, causing insignificant damage, if any.
    Mine rollers are companion devices working in tandem with tank mine plows or in some instances armored personnel carriers. Rollers are designed to detonate anti-tank mines. The mine roller allows engineers to clear a lane through a minefield which is protected by enemy fire.
    The roller devices are usually composed of a fork or two push arm assemblies fitted to the front of a tank hull, with two banks of rollers that can be lowered in front of the tank's tracks. Each roller bank has several heavy wheels studded with short projecting steel girders. They apply a higher ground pressure than the tank's tracks. This ensures the explosion of pressure-fused anti-tank mines, which would otherwise explode under the track itself.
    Formerly designated as a reconnaissance troop, B Company was reorganized to a Combined Arms Battalion in 2016. It has been in Nampa, Idaho since 2007. Nampa is approximately a 30 minute drive west from the main gate of the Idaho Army National Guards Brigade Headquarters on Gowen Field in Boise.



    Date Taken: 11.07.2020
    Date Posted: 12.02.2020 10:03
    Photo ID: 6439283
    VIRIN: 201201-Z-XK920-0031
    Resolution: 2700x1800
    Size: 3.18 MB
    Location: BOISE, ID, US 

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