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A T-34 chase aircraft during a mission of a low velocity airdrop of the M1025 Missile Carrier with driver's vision enhancer at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Photo by Ronald McGinnis
Air Defense Artillery Test Directorate
By Operational Test Command Public Affairs Office
FORT HOOD, Texas, Jan. 28, 2005 – The Army's premier air and missile defense independent operational tester is the Air Defense Artillery Test Directorate at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Covering the full spectrum of tests from force development test and experimentation or initial operational test to limited user test and customer tests, the directorate also participates in advanced warfighting experiments and joint testing.

With extensive live-fire range capabilities and maneuver area comprising approximately 937,000 acres bordering White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, the directorate has conducted missile and gun live-fire tests of the TOW, PATRIOT, Avenger, HAWK, Army Tactical Missile System, Stinger, Bradley Linebacker, MLRS, and the Forward Area Air Defense System. The directorate also has the capability to use non-eye safe lasers up to 30 kilometers.

With unlimited ceiling and controlled airspace to fly unmanned aerial vehicles and realistic aircraft threatprofiles for air and missile defense testing, and the ability to intercept ballistic targets, the directorte is able to collect required data for independent operational test and evaluation of weapons systems. It employs highly sophisticated and state-of-the-art instrumentation in its test data collection efforts.

Equipment capabilities include a wide range of new state-of-the-art global positioning system tracking systems, as well as older, reliable Nike Hercules radars and safety

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surveillance radar capable of tracking up to 50 targets. A mobile command post, combined with a fixed-site command post at Oro Grande, provides the capability of conducting and controlling two tests simultaneously.

A mobile radio frequency monitoring system to identify RF sources that may interfere with directorate instrumentation systems and systems under test.

And a C3I Engineering and Evaluation System that provides interactive and scripted scenario-generation capabilities for up to 2,000 data link tracks and simulated radar objects, which provides a common air picture to supported tactical data system interface units.

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