Portable Vehicle Arresting Barrier (PVAB)
The PVAB is an effective, non-lethal vehicle capture system for use at tactical checkpoints and facility entrances requiring a reliable access denial to vehicle capability. The PVAB is portable, easily emplaced, reusable and recoverable. The PVAB enables security forces to stop forward progress of vehicles without firing lethal weapons at engines and tires. The PVAB is type-classified and qualified, and is in service with U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Navy security forces (NSN 4240-01-469-6122).
- Only U.S. Government certified non-lethal vehicle barrier
- Saves Lives - Stops vehicles without lethal force
- Vehicle cannot escape after capture
- Net wraps around doors, impeding occupant escape
- Non-Lethal deceleration less than 2g's
- Designed to capture 7,500 lb. vehicle at 45 mph (margin)
- Demonstrated captures of 14,000 lb. at 35 mph and 20,000 lb. at ~30 mph
- Stopping distance: ~112 ft. for 7,500 lb. vehicle at 45 mph
- Stand-by mode allows for normal traffic flow over speed bump
- Command activated and deploys in less than two seconds
- Single system is suitable for one and two lane roads
- Setup time: ~40 minutes using expedient anchoring configurations (tactical operations); < 2 hours for buried anchor configuration (fixed facility entrances)
System Capture Mode:
- Reset to “stand-by” mode after vehicle capture <20 minutes
- Reset to “stand-by” mode in <5 min after system test or accidental activation
- System can be deployed from 330 ft away
Portable Vehicle Arresting Barrier (PVAB) Permanent Variant
Commonality with the M1 Portable Vehicle Arresting Barrier:
- Share training and spares
- Future procurements with discounts from larger quantities
Non-lethal vehicle stops
- Opportunity to question / interrogate occupants
- The PVAB net reaches three feet (bumper-height) in approximately 0.5 seconds. Connecting with the bumper assures the vehicle will be stopped.
- The net reaches full height in approximately 0.75 seconds. At full height of five feet the net will wrap around the hood of the vehicle, extending around the doors, and thereby retaining the occupants for apprehension and interrogation.
- The rear capture line system will entangle around the vehicle's rear axle, "hog-tying" the vehicle so it cannot reverse out of the net even if the net only captures the front of the vehicle.