When it hove into view, it trundled up to the front door of the house, impervious to AK-47 fire and RPGs. Then stopping, the driver actuated the blade lift, raising the 18-ton steel blade to its full height. He let it drop, free-fall. When the ground had stopped shaking, the insurgents came out with their hands up.
What we would do is dub Killdozer
into Pashto and try and get the locals to watch it as a warning. Step out of line and we'll make them watch it again. I like the quote from Clint Walker's character - "Given time, it can make a road anywhere it wants to go."
If tanks can reach those areas of Helmand we can get CRARRVs or TROJANs there too. Not as engineering minded as a D9 and perhaps not as protected either but an option that ought to be available at least.
The D9, 'low and slow', but I thought that term was usually applied to types of attack aircraft!
The diffence being that a D-9 could flatten an entire village on the amount of fuel it would take an attack aircraft to reach the runway threshold.
More environmentally friendly and less offensive*! Greenie points for the Army if they did it then. There is even an electric drive D7 that is more fuel efficient than the bog standard one.
* Unless you are General McCrystal where engineering is offensive and blowing shit up isn't.