Airfield damage repair (ADR), also known as rapid runway repair (RRR), is the process of providing a minimum operating surface after runway damage. This vital mission presents unique challenges and risks. Using expedient methods, damaged runways must be rapidly repaired and operational with minimal downtime to allow aircraft to perform critical missions.
Traditional RRR uses construction equipment, tools, and temporary surfacing material to provide a minimum operating surface. The mission encompasses pavement repair, explosive ordinance reconnaissance, repair quality criteria, aircraft arresting system and airfield lighting system installation, and utility repairs.
Efficiency is imperative to the goal – returning the runway back to operational status safely, and as soon as possible under a variety of conditions and threats.
Just Enough, Just in Time
As missions have evolved, so have the requirements for ADR. Traditional ADR requires significant manpower, equipment, and pre-positioned equipment at key locations. To increase operational efficiency, Air Force Civil Engineer Laboratory experts have been developing an updated ADR program that uses modern technologies and more practical equipment. Under its new adaptive basing concept of operations, ADR will need to be lighter and more agile. The new program will ensure the right tools are used to enable the Warfighter to be successful in the field. This new concept is called “Expedient and Expeditionary Airfield Damage Repair” (E-ADR), which is a condensed version of the traditional rapid airfield damage recovery (RADR) capability. This streamlined E-ADR process can be implemented when “just enough, just in time” is needed.
To keep personnel out of harm’s way, unmanned aerial systems will be deployed to capture imagery of damaged pavement. This process offers a lighter footprint and uses locally sourced materials to expedite a temporary runway until permanent repairs can be completed.
E-ADR will ultimately result in a smaller logistical footprint, will employ a smaller repair team, and expediently establish flight operations in austere locations, in any operational theater.
Configure AV-HMALS® to ADR Needs
Expeditionary airfield lighting plays an essential role for the ADR mission. Avlite’s High Mobility Airfield Lighting System (AV-HMALS®) was designed to meet the requirement for equipment to be lighter and more agile. This self-contained system comes complete with fully portable airfield lighting in both visible and IR lighting modes for secure operations. Avlite’s solar-based airfield lighting systems are designed for austere environments with little to no infrastructure and require minimal time and manpower to install and operate. This allows minimal downtime for flight operations, ensuring the success of the Warfighter and the mission.
Focus on Operational Improvement
Because AV-HMALS® is highly expeditionary in design and easily configurable based on operational requirements, it has been proven as an agile solution for the E-ADR, ADR and RRR missions. AV-HMALS® provides the flexibility to quickly transport lighting wherever it’s needed with minimal mission downtime. Avlite Systems continues to work with the U.S. Military, as well as our foreign military allies, to develop modernized capabilities in pursuit of the vital ADR mission.
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