RRR Products

Folded Fiberglass Mats

Since World War II, the U.S. Air Force and commercial manufacturers have made great advances in the development of improved methods, techniques, and equipment in the emergency repair of battle-damaged runways. Today, The Rapid Mat Group is a major provider of Rapid Mat™ Folded Fiberglass Mats (FFMs) and supporting components and equipment for expedient runway repair to the U.S. Air Force.

A standard FFM weighs approximately 3,000 pounds and consists of nine (9) fiberglass panels. Each panel is 6 feet wide, 30 feet long, and approximately 3/8 of an inch thick. The resulting 54 foot by 60 foot wide mat is the normal size suitable for most crater repairs. If a crater is larger, additional mats may be joined together to form almost any size required for crater repair. The FFM Rapid Runway Repair system includes joining panels and two mat support kits.

ADVANTAGES OF Rapid Mat™ FFMs: FFMs are transportable; can be moved easily by standard vehicles; can be stored indoors or outdoors; and have demonstrated their interoperability for U.S. and Allied forces.

Minimum Operating Strip Edge Marking System

The Rapid Mat Group produces a Minimum Operating Strip (MOS) Runway Edge Marking System which includes: Edge Markers and Distance-to-Go Markers.

This MOS Marking System allows for safe operation of a main runway in the event of severe damage to the existing airfield lighting system and navigation aids.

An Edge Marking System contains enough markers in sufficient quantity to mark a ten thousand (10,000) foot MOS.

Emergency Airfield Lighting System

The Emergency Airfield Lighting System (EALS) is designed to be rapidly installed at airfields and other locations that need temporary airfield lighting for night-time operations or during inclement weather. The EALS allows an expedient technique that will identify the useable Runway Surface in the shortest possible time if combat aircraft are to be launched and recovered in the timeliest plausible manner.

The EALS capacity can light a runway or Minimum Operating Strip (MOS) up to 150 feet wide by 10,000 feet long. When installed, the EALS provides runway edge lighting, approach lighting, threshold/end lighting, taxiway lighting, visual glide slope indication, Distance-to-Go marker lighting, and obstruction lighting. All components of the EALS are contained in six trailers, easily pulled by two EALS support vehicles (3 connected trailers per vehicle). Two of the trailers are generators; one performing as a "hot" backup generator should the primary generator fail.

The EALS generally conforms to the standard international aviation criterion. Because the system is designed for emergency conditions, the system does contain allowable deviations.

Ancillary Items

The Rapid Mat Group also supplies all of the necessary anchor bolts, joining bushings, and tool sets required for use with the Folded Fiberglass Mats. Please refer to the Product List.

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Turn-Key Program

Based on years of proven US Air Force and Allied experience.

  • Continuous threat modeling by the US Air Force Civil Engineering and Support Agency (USAF AFCESA)
  • Provides for horizonal and vertical integration of personnel, training, equipment and command and control.

  • Products and Support Equipment

  • Folded Fiberglass Mats (Operational and Training)
  • Support Equipment, Tools, Ancillary Items
  • Heavy Equipment, Vehicles
  • Minimum Operating Strip (MOS) Edge Marking Systems
  • Emergency Airfield Lighting Systems (EALS)
  • Spares and Spare Parts
  • Technical and Information Manuals

  • Services

  • Site Deployment and Integration
  • Training Courses
  • Logistics / Maintenance Support Plan

  • Heavy Equipment / Support Vehicles

    The Rapid Mat Group can procure and ship heavy equipment and support vehicles. The following operational support vechiles can be delivered with each RRR Air Base Package.

  • Rough Terrain Forklift
  • Multipurpose Excavator
  • Wheeled Dozer
  • Front-End Loader
  • Dump Truck
  • Motorized Roller
  • Grader
  • Tractor, 10 Ton
  • 22 Ton Semi-trailer, lowboy

  • Support Equipment

    The following items are required to support the rapid deployment of FFMs and are delivered with each Air Base Package:

  • Compressor
  • 80-lb Breaker w/attachment
  • 55-lb Pneumatic Drill
  • Floodlight / Generator
  • Geotextile Thermal Spunbound
  • Vibrating Tamper
  • Spall Repair Kit