UK troops in Afghanistan have launched a new weapon to clear safe paths through areas littered with the Taliban's booby trap roadside bombs.
The Trojan armoured tank and its Python mine clearance system have been used for the first time in the ongoing Operation Moshtarak in southern Helmand province where troops' progress has been slowed by the number of deadly Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, left by insurgents.
More than 60% of international soldiers who died in Afghanistan last year were killed by IEDs - including a number of explosives experts sent in to defuse them by hand. The Trojan system is designer to reduce that initial risk.
The Trojan is a heavily armoured and accessorised version of the Challenger tank.
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