Emmanuel Ramirez readies turn buckles and spacers before driving four-foot stakes in the ground to prevent an arresting barrier
system from shifting during an emergency landing at Balad Air Base, Iraq.
In terms of an arresting barrier
, the M1 PVAB is similar in content to the arresting barriers
used aboard aircraft carriers to catch and stop landing planes.
The wartime mission objectives of the 823 RHS include bare base beddown, rapid repair of runways, expedient engineering methods, airfield lighting and arresting barrier
installations, revetment erections, well-drilling, demolition, concrete and asphalt operations, automated building system construction, as well as virtually any heavy construction requirement of the air component commander.
Among those technologies are the mobility denial system, which would stop vehicles by spreading a slick substance across the road, and the portable vehicle arresting barrier
, which would be able to stop a 7,500 pound vehicle traveling 45 miles an hour within 200 feet, said McShea.