U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Carlton Green, a radio operator attached to Task Force Al Asad with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, lays expeditionary airfield matting in support of engineering operations at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, July 7, 2017. The Marines of the Engineering Detachment work daily on a variety of engineer tasks in support of the master base plan for Task Force Al Asad. Task Force Al Asad’s mission is to advise and assist and build partner capacity with the Iraqi Security Forces in Al Anbar province in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the global coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Dave Williams)
This initiative will develop and field, to the MWSS Expeditionary Airfield Platoon, a light-weight, light-duty matting solution with the threshold objective of supporting MV-22 VTOL/VSTOL and the taxi and parking of fixed wing aircraft up to C-130J. The heat resistant light-weight matting Capabilities Description Document (CDD) funded in 4th Quarter FY16 contains the objective requirement to withstand F-35B VSTOL operations.
The Expeditionary Airfield community conducted a Capabilities Based Assessment in 2014 that identified gaps in current airfield surfacing systems; that included the inability of Mobi-Mat to withstand the heat of an MV-22 and the logistic limitations of AM2 (weight and cube). The follow-on Expeditionary Airfield ICD (gap 8.2) identifies a need for a LWM that will provide a solution.
Capabilities Development Document awaiting Materiel Development Decision and Materiel Solution Analysis. Combat Development and Integration researching analysis of alternatives study. Congressionally funded research on lightweight matting continues at the University of Alabama and Pennsylvania State University.
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