The M160 is a tel-operated light flail system designed to provide U.S. Army engineers with line-of sight unmanned mine clearing operations. The remote control system provides real-tme control of the mine clearing vehicle and allows the operator to control the vehicle from either a mounted or stand off dismounted position.
The system is equipped with a communication system that transfers operating status and cideo feedback to the operator. The M160 was designed to be suitable for mine clearing in urban areas. The M160’s hand-held, stand-off, remote control feature allows the operator to remain outside the range of exploding mines during the clearing process.
The engine and vital components of the machine are protected by steel armor plates. The M160 is designed to be protected against mine-explosion fragments. Mine clearing is conducted by using the flailing motion of high-speed, rotating chained hammers. The machine digs and powders soil up to a depth of two inches depending on soil type. The digging action may result in the detonation or shattering of anti-personnel mines.