All work and no play do not apply when at Edwards. Go horseback riding, relax by the pool, work out at our gym, play tennis, racquetball, or if paintball is more your style, Edwards has that too.
Surrounded by desert bike trails and breathtaking mountain views, Edwards is located in the Antelope Valley near Lancaster and Palmdale, CA. Within a few hours drive, you can enjoy Southern California beaches, explore Napa Valley vineyards, or visit world-class museums. Other attractions also within driving distance include skiing and outdoor activities at Mammoth Mountain or Big Bear Lake, Universal Studios, the San Diego Zoo, Disneyland and Sea World.
The Electronic Warfare Group is the Air Force focal point for electronic warfare (EW) test and evaluation. It provides the world’s pre-eminent test and evaluation capabilities, resources and expertise for EW and avionics systems.
The Electronic Warfare Group has full EW test and evaluation capabilities to meet mission-specific requirements. Extensive test facilities include the Test and Evaluation Modeling and Simulation facility, systems integration laboratories for software test and integration, hardware-in-the-loop facilities to evaluate the effectiveness of EW systems and tactics, and installed systems test facilities, such as the Benefield Anechoic Facility. Open air ranges and flight test and measurement facilities provide antenna performance, aircraft radio frequency and infrared signature test and evaluation capabilities.
The 40th Flight Test Squadron at Eglin recently made headlines when an A-10 Thunderbolt II fired a guided rocket that impacted only inches away from its intended target. The 2.75 diameter, 35-pound, laser-guided rocket is known as the fixed-wing Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS).
The test squadron performed three sorties to demonstrate the capability and ensure the rocket could be fired safely from a fixed wing aircraft, a test that had never been accomplished before.
The first sortie tested whether aircraft flight would be impacted by carrying the rocket and launcher. During the second sortie, the A-10 fired an unguided inert rocket to ensure the weapon would separate from the aircraft without any issues. For the final sortie, two armed, guided rockets were fired at a surface target at altitudes of 10,000 and 15,000 feet. The last APKWS shot was fired into a 70-knot headwind and impacted the target within the two-meter requirement specifications.
Both shots were considered successful, and the APKWS has numerous potential benefits to the warfighter, including more precise targeting and accuracy.
AFTC at Eglin AFB, tested the combat capabilities of 42 fighter and bomber sorties expending a total of 53 munitions in a maritime environment about 15 nautical miles south of Destin's coastline. Results from nine-aircraft test missions will help the Air Force and its sister services develop joint platform-specific weapons loadouts, tactics, techniques and procedures. They destroyed or damaged 51 of the 56 static target boats and 11 of the 12 remote control boats during the test.
Aircraft charged with the maritime challenge included the A-10, B-1, B-52, F-15 and F-16. Depending on their platform, fighters and bombers were armed with Sniper and LITENING Advanced Targeting pods and various combinations of munitions such laser-guided bombs, Joint Direct Attack Munitions, Maverick air-to-ground missiles, cluster bombs and 20mm and 30mm high-explosive incendiary ammunition.
New-Generation Airmen Readiness
The Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD) provides high-risk, specialized, advanced EOD training to more than 2,100 U.S. military and selected DOD civilian personnel each year. The Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD) and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Division are pioneers in Airmen Readiness training. The facilities include:
Robot training lanes, night-operations training structures and bomb disposal decontamination stations.
Ten separate training divisions: CORE, Demolition, Tools and Methods, Biological and Chemical, Ground Ordnance, Air Ordnance, Improvised Explosive Devices, Nuclear Ordnance, WMD and Underwater.
Training aid and facilities maintenance compound and six explosive storage magazines.
Recent 'Battlevision' experiments conducted by the 96th Medical Division to improve visual performance associated with rapid eye movements, eye-hand/foot speed coordination, depth perception, peripheral awareness and eye fatigue, to name a few.
The Space Threat Assessment Testbed (STAT)
The Space Threat Assessment Testbed (STAT) at Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) is a new, one-of-a-kind testing facility designed to simulate a realistic space environment using multiple source simulators to emulate the conditions existing at various orbits. The STAT facility comes complete with a fully-instrumented micro-satellite available to use as a test article in the facility during the initial and final checkout for full mission readiness. This unique space asset will be able to provide a better understanding of the natural or man-made enemy forces that threaten U.S. satellite capabilities and will fulfill a long-standing need for a national mission-critical asset with capabilities previously unavailable anywhere in the world. Next-Generation Heat Shield Materials for Missiles
As a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) leaves the U.S. Navy Trident II submarine and is clear of the water on a rapid-fire trajectory to destroy its target, Navy fleet commanders must know for sure if it can survive the elements. AEDC Arc-Heated facilities are unique in their ability to simulate heat flux and pressure conditions typical of long-range ballistic missile re-entry through the atmosphere. Since 2000, the U.S. Navy has come to AEDC to conduct aero-thermal testing. AEDC’s High-Enthalpy Arc-Heated facilities provide the DOD with the capabilities needed when developing high-speed missiles and vehicles.
J-6 Large Rocket Motor Testing Facility
AEDC's J-6 Large Rocket Motor Testing Facility is one of the few outfits in the world sophisticated enough to test a rocket motor like the CASTOR® 30XL.
How does a rocket motor testing facility accurately assess the performance of a motor designed to deliver cargo to the International Space Station? The testing chambers at the J-6 Large Rocket Motor Testing Facility are specially designed to handle the amount of exhaust products during the long static fire duration and simulate upper atmospheric conditions, and are strong enough to measure the thrust, pressure burn rate and stresses of firing during takeoff.
The J-6 facility provides ground test simulations for solid-propellant rocket motors over a wide range of simulated pressure altitudes. AEDC has unique test capabilities for testing rocket propulsion systems with high performance/high area-ratio nozzles, and those requiring altitude start and restart, stage separation and spin testing.
These facilities are the largest of their kind in the world and provide the only altitude test capability for medium to large and rocket propulsion systems in the United States
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