U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl John Mutch, Marine Wing Support Squadron 374, combat engineer, demonstrates the emplacement and displacement of the Airfield Damage Repair Kit to the Air Ground Support students during a tour of Site 50, a Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course 1-16 training area on Sept. 19, 2015, Yuma, Ariz. This familiarization tour is apart of WTI 1-16, a seven week training event, hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) cadre, which emphasizes operational integration of the six functions of Marine Corps aviation in support of a Marine Air Ground Task Force. MAWTS-1 provides standardized advanced tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Summer Dowding MAWTS-1 COMCAM/ Released)
The existing Airfield Damage Repair Kit, which was fielded in 2005, consists of three containers. The current materiel and techniques, tactics, and procedures are insufficient to meet operational requirements to reestablish airfield operations in 6-8 hours. The Marine Corps requires an Airfield Damage Repair (ADR) kit capable of creating useable landing surfaces by new construction or repair of existing surfaces. This mission has been repeatedly tested during recent operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. The ADR kit must take advantage of modern developments in construction equipment and materials, must be easily deployable, flexible enough to work in all geographic locations and environments, and provide the capability to quickly repair craters and spalls of all sizes. The required capability for one ADR Kit is to provide the tools and materials to repair six 10-foot diameter craters, in a concrete surface, and/or fifteen 10-foot diameter craters, in an asphalt surface, in less than 92 minutes plus a two hour curing period. One ADR kit must also contain the materials to repair 45 spalls in a concrete surface.
With the ever-changing face of future expeditionary operations, there will be an increasingly significant reliance on the air component of the MAGTF. An airfield damage repair capability that takes advantage of modern developments in construction equipment and materials is key to any expeditious preparation and/or rehabilitation of existing airfields. With the current technology and updated engineering methods that have improved in the past 15 years, the Marine Wing Support Squadrons (MWSS) will possess and maintain a core capability that will enable the Marine Corps to take advantage of existing airfields despite damage.
Favorable Milestone C decision in 4th Quarter FY17 includes an improved lightweight favorable foreign object damage cover system, upgraded track skid steered/loader with concrete cutting saw, and a self-contained volumetric mixer. The next fielding decision will occur in 4th Quarter FY18. The current approved acquisition objective is 37.
FY19 - QTY 37
FY25 - QTY 42
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