For decades, landmines have plagued battlefields, defying traditional clearing methods. From the perilous work of bomb disposal units to the limitations of metal detectors and mechanized flailing, the US Army has a long history of grappling with these hidden threats.

However, the US Army is forging a path forward with a revolutionary concept – the Ground Obstacle Breaching Lane Neutralizer (GOBLN) system – that promises to redefine how soldiers tackle minefields.

GOBLN’s Genius: Precision and Protection

GOBLN prioritizes soldier safety by employing remote detection and neutralization. This three-pronged system boasts a mortar launcher mounted on a secure vehicle platform, a high-tech drone-based detection system for pinpoint accuracy, and a specially designed munition to neutralize the mine.

Imagine this: a soldier, safely positioned within the armored vehicle, utilizes the drone to identify a landmine. Real-time data from the drone feeds into the GOBLN’s targeting system, ensuring the mortar round strikes with precision.

The munition itself is no ordinary explosive. Engineered to deliver a targeted blow, it can cripple the mine’s fuse with forceful impact or trigger a controlled detonation.

In the ideal scenario, the munition disrupts the mine and causes it to burn out, minimizing collateral damage and creating a safe passage.

Targeted Approach, Tested Mettle

Recent trials at the Yuma Test Center put the GOBLN through its paces, the service reported in mid-April.

The primary focus? Assessing the munition’s effectiveness in eliminating or disabling various mine types. Mortars were fired upon a testbed of mines, with researchers meticulously analyzing the damage to refine the GOBLN system.