Ensign-Bickford, Chemring to Compete for $320M U.S. Army Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System (APOBS) Contract

Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Co. and Chemring Ordnance Inc. will compete for each order of the $320 million U.S. Army firm-fixed-price contract for the Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System (APOBS).

The firm-fixed-price contract was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) located at Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received.

Work locations and funding for the acontract will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 4, 2024.

Antipersonnel Obstacle Breaching System (APOBS)

APOBS is an explosive line charge system that allows Soldiers to conduct safe breaching through enemy antipersonnel minefields and multi-strand wire obstacles. It is light enough to be carried by two Soldiers with backpacks and can be deployed within 30 to 120 seconds.

Once set in place, the APOBS rocket is fired from a 35-meter standoff position, sending the line charge with fragmentation grenades over the minefield and/or wire obstacle. The grenades neutralize or clear the mines and sever the wire, effectively clearing a footpath for troops up to 45 meters in length.

The APOBS is a joint U.S. DOD program for the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps.

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