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Edwards AFB Mission Video 2024

412th Test Wing

What We Do

The 412th Test Wing (412 TW) at Edwards Air Force Base is designated a Major Range and Test Facility Base (MRTFB) Activity under Department of Defense Directive 3200.11. The MRTFB provides robust and flexible test and evaluation (T&E) capabilities to develop, acquire, field and sustain reliable and effective weapon systems to meet current and future warfighter needs. The MRTFB infrastructure consists of open-air ranges, test facilities, instrumentation data processing capabilities and other test resources that must be preserved as a national asset to provide T&E capabilities in support of the DOD acquisition system. The 412 TW Commander is the range operating authority for MRTFB assets at Edwards AFB.

The 412 TW partners with Naval Air Weapons Center, China Lake and the National Training Center at Fort Irwin to offer world-class restricted-use airspace – the R-2508 Complex. The complex is likely the most important multiple service special-use airspace in the National Airspace System. The R-2508 Complex contains bombing ranges, supersonic corridors, low altitude high-speed maneuver areas, radar intercept areas, and refueling areas.

Edwards offers comprehensive range capabilities critical to successful T&E execution, such as open-air signal emitters, threats, instrumentation systems, data transport systems, real-time mission control rooms, time-spaceposition information, distributed test operations, post-test data processing, and decades of subject matter expertise in T&E. Edwards AFB is centrally located among several other DOD MRTFB locations: Nevada Test and Training Range at Nellis AFB; Western Range at Vandenberg SFB; the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division at Point Mugu; and the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division at China Lake. Data acquisition and transmission systems link Edwards to these neighboring ranges, which enables real-time data analysis and multi-service interoperability. Edwards connection to the Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN) enables widely distributed test operations.


 01. Inquiry

A potential customer contacts our Initial Point of Contact, or IPOC, (see contact information below) to inquire about test and evaluation services. Lead time for our testing services ranges from 2 to 24 months, depending primarily on test complexity.

 02. Template

The 412 TW provides a program introduction document template to assist in defining customer requirements.

 03. Estimate

The 412 TW may provide an initial rough order of magnitude cost estimate and schedule availability for customer inquiries.

 04. Funding

The 412 TW sends the customer an advance funding request for initial planning funds.

 05. Concept

Once initial funding is received, the 412 TW prepares a test concept document for the customer’s signature that establishes an understanding of customer requirements.

 06. Agreement

Using this information, the Test Wing prepares a statement of capability (SOC) or a contract, which becomes the formal agreement between the Wing and the customer for test requirements, scope, schedule, risks, and costs.

 07. Funding

Once the SOC is signed, the test wing requires the balance of test funding to proceed.

 08. Planning

A 412 TW project manager (PM) then works closely with the customer during the test planning phase to review and finalize the test plan, test matrix, and data reduction and analysis requirements. They also conduct safety planning, prepare the necessary documents to schedule test periods, and configure all systems to support testing.

 09. Assistance

The 412 TW Project Manager then assists the customer with obtaining access to the installation, 412 TW computers, long-distance access when at a 412 TW location, and general test wing and local area information. Customers are free to contact the project manager at any time with questions.

 10. Billing

The customer is billed for actual charges and costs for labor and facility operations during this entire process.

 11. Analysis

Once the test is complete, the 412 TW provides analyses and data products as detailed in the SOC or contract.

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