As of September, all explosive ordnance disposal Marines have been supplied with the Buried Command Wire Detector, designed to locate command detonation wires, the Marine Corps said in a news release on DVIDS.
“The Buried Command Wire Detector has more sensors than the previous system,” said Master Sgt. Joseph Kenyon, project officer for Bridging, M9 Armored Combat Earthmover and Family of Engineer Construction Tool Kit at Marine Corps Systems Command, in the release.
The Corps has had other tools capable of detecting IEDs but the new tool is “a major improvement,” Manny Pacheco, a spokesman with Marine Corps Systems Command, told Marine Corps Times in an email.
So far only EOD Marines have been given the detector, but the Corps said the plan is to supply combat engineers, infantrymen, military police, artillery Marines and light anti-aircraft defense, with the detector later in fiscal year 2020.
Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group use compact metal detectors to clear a road during urban motor transportation operations lane training as part of integrated training exercise 5-19 on Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Aug. 5. (Lance Cpl. Scott Jenkins/Marine Corps)