Border Wall Samples Ready for Testing

October 27, 2017
Evaluation of each border wall prototype expected to last two months

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said Thursday the construction prototypes for the border wall between Mexico and the United States has concluded and the project now is entering a testing and evaluation period of up to 60 days.

The prototypes will be evaluated on:

  • Anti-breaching capabilities
  • Anti-climbing capabilities
  • Anti-digging capabilities
  • Impedance and denial of traffic
  • Is it safe for BP agents

CBP will use an integrated Test and Evaluation (T&E) approach for evaluating the border Developmental/technical T&E planning and execution will be conducted by the Office of Acquisition, Systems Engineering Division, Systems Analysis and Evaluation Branch. Operational/mission T&E planning and execution will be conducted by Operations Support, Capabilities and Requirements Division, Land Systems Operational Test Authority. Together they will plan and execute T&E for the vendor-provided mockup and prototype designs.

After the testing phase, CBP intends to come up with a master design, drawing on what testing shows works and what doesn't. That design would be for both the primary wall right along the international border, and a secondary wall set several hundred feet north.

“We are going to look at everything that is reflected here,” acting Deputy Commissioner Ron Vitiello said, referring to the eight walls, “and then put out a new design standard for the immediate border barrier and the secondary barrier.”

The anti-climbing and tunneling tests will be done on the walls built on Otay Mesa, while the test to withstand breaching will be done on a set of mock-ups at a different location in San Diego.

image: Mani Albrecht, USCBP