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53rd Test and Evaluation Group

53rd Test and Evaluation Group

The 53rd Test and Evaluation Group is responsible for the overall execution of the 53rd Wing’s flying activities at Barksdale, Beale, Creech, Davis-Monthan, Edwards, Eglin, Dyess, Nellis and Whiteman Air Force Bases.

Members of the group execute operational test and evaluation (OT&E), and tactics development projects assigned by Air Combat Command (ACC) for A-10, B-1, B-2, B-52, F-15C/E, F-16, F-22A, Guardian Angel, HH-60G, HC-130J, MQ-1, MQ-9, RQ-4 and U-2 combat aircraft. The 53 TEG also supports current Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center efforts with the F-35A Lightning II. The unit performs functional management for acquisition, modification, testing and certification for fighter, bomber and combat support aircrew training systems. The group also conducts foreign military exploitation and special access projects. Beginning July 15, 2012, the group has OT&E responsibility for space control and space range assets.

The 53 TEG is composed of highly trained aircrew and a diverse range of support personnel to execute ACC-directed operational tests as well as Combatant Commander-directed Urgent Operational Needs. The mission of the TEG is to provide the Warfighter with the latest in software, hardware, weapons and tactics techniques and procedures to win America’s wars. Additionally, the TEG carries out the USAF Nuclear Weapons System Evaluation Program. The group plans, executes and analyzes ACC’s $50 million annual air-delivered reliability data for nuclear-capable aircraft and weapons and reports weapon system reliability to USSTRATCOM for inclusion in their annual strategic war plan update.

The results of these tests directly benefit aircrews in Air Combat Command, Air Force Central Command, Pacific Air Forces and United States Air Forces in Europe by providing them with operationally proven hardware and software systems.



The 422nd Test and Evaluation is a composite squadron executing Air Combat Command Headquarters-directed operational test and evaluation and tactic development and evaluation for A/OA-10, F-15C, F-15E, F-16C and F-22 hardware, software and weapons upgrades to maximize combat capabilities prior to Combat Air Force release. Mission areas include combat tactics development, foreign materiel exploitation and field visits to instruct operational aircrews on new systems/tactics.



The 505th Test and Evaluation Group (505 TEG) is an operational test organization focused on Theater Air Control System, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance weapons systems. It conducts test, training, evaluation and tactics development to advance the integration of air, space and cyber capabilities into the command and control (C2) construct. It also monitors, evaluates and optimizes Air Defense Radar networks and enhances data sharing for command and control, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems.

The 505 TEG oversees operations of the 505th Test Squadron at Nellis AFB, the 605th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., the 84th Radar Evaluation Squadron at Hill AFB, Utah, the 705th Combat Training Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., and the 133rd Test Squadron at Fort Dodge, Iowa.



The mission of the 505th Test Squadron is to integrate air, space and cyber capabilities throughout the Theater Air Control System by conducting operational test and evaluation, developing advanced tactics, techniques and procedures supporting data exchange and C2 architectures to ensure all source information is available to the Warfighter. In addition, 505 TS supports Combined Air and Space Operations Center training to produce fully trained joint and multinational C2 Warfighters at the operational level of war.


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