772nd Test Squadron - Test CapabilitiesThe Electronic Warfare Group's (EWG) 772nd Test Squadron's at the Avionics Test and Integration Complex (ATIC) operates and maintains test facilities and capabilities for a wide spectrum of electronic warfare (EW) and information operations (IO) systems. The Benefield Anechoic Facility (BAF), a uniquely large anechoic chamber, provides a comprehensive, robust and scalable radio frequency (RF) test and evaluation (T&E) infrastructure and capability to ensure weapons system survivability and mission effectiveness for the DoD, industry (military and commercial) and our allies. The 772nd TS also provides laboratory facilities and modeling and simulation (M&S) capabilities that include man-in-the-loop simulators, hardware-in-the-loop labs and digital integrated air defense M&S (IADS). We provide invaluable resources and technical expertise as uniquely required for each customer and their specific program.
The Benefield Anechoic Facility is located at Edwards Air Force Base, California. It is the largest anechoic test facility in the world--providing a "virtual open-air range (OAR) within four walls and ceiling." It is capable of supporting and handling virtually all Department of Defense (DOD) aircraft, with very few exceptions, to test their radio frequency (RF) systems for wide-ranging EMS installed systems test.
The primary purpose the BAF serves is the test and integration of avionics systems in a secure, controlled, and repeatable electromagnetically controlled free-space environment, using state-of-the-art simulation and stimulation technology, that closely duplicates the real combat mission environment.
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The three-story IFAST houses several RF shielded test bays with the required power and cooling to allow the Air Force Test Center to satisfy the rapidly growing surge of avionics test work, which allows pilots and engineers to evaluate an aircraft’s electronic avionics systems and rehearse the mission prior to flying it. The systems fly at the IFAST before they fly at the open-air ranges, reducing the number of costly re-fly hours and enhancing efficiency and productivity.
The IFAST also hosts the TEMS that is comprised of multiple Manned Flight Simulation laboratories in support of weapons systems DT&E and OT&E. These systems consist of either Operational Flight Program or effects-based simulations. Today, the IFAST plays a significant role in the integration, test and evaluation of avionics, electronic warfare, cyber, radar and manned simulators across a wide spectrum of today’s operational and developmental platforms for such platforms as the B-1B, F-16, F-22 and F-35 platforms with system integration labs (SILs), hardware-in-the-loop (HITL) labs and/or flight simulators.
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Benefield Anechoic Facility Communication, Navigation and Identification systems provide the test capability and visibility to understand a system's utility and performance in dense, system-of-systems (SoS), family-of-systems (FoS) operationally representative free-space RF environments with coherent, secure, known, and repeatable test conditions.
The CNI suite consists of the Joint Communications Simulator (JCS) for friendly and hostile RF signals, the Commander's Tactical Terminal (CTT) for friendly situational awareness information, a Link-16 Simulation and Stimulation Suite for high fidelity Link-16 network testing, and the Global Positioning System Simulator (GPSS). A Global System for Mobile (GSM) Cell network is also available. The Link-16 suite, the KU-Band SatCom Link and Digital Integrated Air Defense System (DIADS) systems enable, respectively, network-centric, external, and threat-based distributed test operations.
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