During the missions, the sensor -- produced by EADS (Ulm, Germany) and integrated by Global Hawk manufacturer Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems (San Diego, CA) -- was able for the first time to detect radar transmissions from emitters located at the Naval Air Warfare Center at China Lake, CA, and send them via line-of-sight communications to a German ground-support station temporarily located at AFFTC
during the flight tests.
AFEWES then operated under the oversight of various USAF research and development centers until finally coming under the management of the AFFTC
"Infrared scene projectors see widespread use throughout the government for a variety of IR/EO sensor test and evaluation activities, mostly for FLIR [forward-looking IR] and missile-seeker testing." Amherst Systems has provided IR scene generation systems for MWS testing to such organizations as the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC
) (Edwards AFB).
Williams 872-3013 AFFTC
, Edwards AFB CA Ms A.Tedrick 527-3710 AMARC, Davis-Monthan AFB AZ Mr V.
Worth, TX, to the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) at Edwards AEB, CA, the status of the plan remained unclear at press time.
In a report last year on appropriations for military construction, family housing, and base realignment and closure (BRAC) for FY01, the US House of Representatives stated that it was aware of an effort to relocate the AFEWES to the AFFTC. However, pointing to recent studies, including that of the 1995 BRAC Commission, the report noted "an absence, of cost/capability rationale to justify such a relocation." The report also called on the Air Force to include a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis in the current relocation-planning effort and for the SAF to deliver its findings to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees by the end of February 2001 (see "House to SAF: Justify Relocation of AFEWES, JED, August 2000, p.
Worth, TX) to the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC
) at Edwards AFB.
Worth, TX) and managed by the Air Force Flight Test Center's (AFFTC
's) 412th Test Wing (Edwards AFB, CA).