Military and law enforcement personnel frequently establish vehicle checkpoints, roadblocks, and barriers. There are several objectives of the barriers. Primarily, they serve to protect personnel and facilities within an established perimeter or region from vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (car bombs).
To that end, and to the greatest extent possible, the personnel who are operating the barriers must be protected from threats, typically associated with the vehicles and occupants the barriers are designed to stop.
Field operations may also require temporary barriers. The U.S. military has long sought solutions for the rapid deployment of vehicle barriers but to date, the barriers have been heavy, ill-suited to reconfiguration, and difficult to deploy. However, a new approach by the Army Corps of Engineers provides an improved solution for stopping vehicles at temporary checkpoints.
The Army system includes a mat made from heavy duty mesh material laid on the road surface upon which a vehicle is driven. At the end of the mat is a bar that is raised up from the mat surface in a scissors motion to come in contact with the vehicle’s bumper or front wheels. The weight of the vehicle keeps the bar in place and the bar keeps the vehicle from moving forward. The bar can be remotely actuated.
- Device can be rolled-up and easily stored, reconfigured, or redeployed
- It can be used as a cueing mechanism to reduce instances of miscommunications with drivers
- Spikes can be driven through the mat to further secure it to the road surface
- US patents 9,982,403; 9,863,105; and 10,024,008 available for license
- Potential for collaboration with Army engineers