US troops in Afghanistan will be provided with stingrays, devices that use a jet of water to disable roadside bombs.

Albuquerque-based TEAM Technologies has begun shipping 5,000 stingrays to Afghanistan, according to The Associated Press.

The device is filled with water and an explosive material that creates a shockwave on detonation creating a thin, powerful blade of water capable of penetrating steel.

The Stingray destroys the bomb through the force the water carries and is used to defeat IEDs in the region.

The US Army in Afghanistan and Iraq have field-tested the device during training at the federal laboratory.