Joint Rapid Airfield Construction Technology Demonstration

Gary L. Anderton, Ernest S. Berney IV, Travis A. Mann, J. Kent Newman, E. Alex Baylot, Daniel K. Miller, and Quint Mason
Engineer Research and Development Center; Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory; US Army Corp of Engineers

This report describes the demonstration of technologies and procedures developed under the Joint Rapid Airfield Construction (JRAC) program at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, MS. The successful demonstration project occurred in Australia in June 2007. The JRAC demonstration project was conducted as an inte-gral part of Exercise Talisman Saber 2007, a U.S. and Australian combined and joint forces military exercise. The project included the construction of a 4,100- by 110-ft (1,250- by 33.5-m) unsurfaced runway and two 45,480-ft2 (4,225-m2) aircraft parking aprons with associated connector taxiways, all using JRAC technologies focused on rapid construction with reduced logistics and increased system reliability. This demonstration marked the successful conclusion of the 6-year research and development phase of the JRAC program.

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