Canada, US team up to test extreme cold weather airfield repair solutions

In winter, a large yellow construction-type vehicle pours water into a shallow, rectangular hole filled with stone debris.
A boom truck pours water over debris and snow as one method to “patch” a hole in a runway, during the Cold Rapid Airfield Damage Repair tests at 5 Wing Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador on January 22, 2020. PHOTO: Submitted

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Personnel from Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) and the US Department of Defense (DoD) joined forces in Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador from January 21 to February 4, 2020, to test Cold Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (CRADR) techniques.

Under the Canada-US Test and Evaluation Program (CANUSTEP), DND and DoD agreed to collaborate on the creation of a plan to evaluate current Airfield Damage Repair (ADR) practices, and to test new and emerging technologies specific to CRADR, all under extreme cold weather conditions.

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