Tactical Tuesday: MK-154 Mine Clearance Launcher

Tactical Tuesday: MK-154 Mine Clearance Launcher


Marine Corps Systems Command is bringing the
Corps back to its amphibious roots with the upgrade of the MK-154 – the only amphibious
breaching capability in the Department of Defense. To meet current and future requirements of
the Corps, the MK-154 Mine Clearance Launcher was upgraded in January 2017 with a more efficient,
reliable, less expensive hydraulic system and a safer electrical system. This explosive minefield clearing system is
installed in Assault Amphibious Vehicles and consists of three MK-22 rockets, three M9
linear demolition charges, and the MK-154 launcher. The employment of this system against mined
beaches gives combatant commanders the ability to penetrate coastal defenses, quickly move
forces through the breach lanes and rapidly build up troops past the first lines of defense,
making Marines more lethal in combat. The MK-154 is managed by the Logistics Combat
Element Systems portfolio at Marine Corps Systems Command.

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