National Radar Cross Section Test Facility
The National Radar Cross Section (RCS) Test Facility (NRTF) is the primary DoD facility for outdoor static radar cross-section measurements. Located on White Sands Missile Range, the NRTF is comprised of two separate, but complementary sites; NRTF Mainsite and NRTF RCS Advanced Measurement Site (RAMS). Both sites are capable of handling targets ranging from scale models up to fighter-class air vehicles. Mainsite has the unique ability to perform outdoor bi-static radar cross-section measurements and the RAMS facility possesses the industry’s most capable low frequency measurement system. The NRTF provides DoD and private industry decision makers with the infrastructure and technical expertise to perform radar cross-section signature measurements in direct support of low observable technology development. Inherent to electronic combat, radar cross-section measurements also support vulnerability and survivability analysis for mission planning.
The 46th Test Group Plans and Resources Division provides technical and business operation support of test and evaluation activities for the 46th Test Group. The division is responsible for planning, programming, budgeting, financial management, personnel, supply, vehicle fleet management, management information systems, protection services, long range strategic planning and programming, investments, I&M, O&M, business development, training, facility engineering management, environmental compliance and contract management. The division supports both internal and external customers including: Test Group squadrons and divisions, the 46th Test Wing, Air Armament Center, Air Force Materiel Command and Air Staff.
The Deputy for the Air Force at White Sands Missile Range (46th Test Group, Detachment 1) acts as a liaison between all Air Force organizations and the White Sands Missile Range. The Detachment sponsors all Air Force tests on the Missile Range, to include the Airborne Laser, Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile and Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missile programs. The Detachment is responsible for all 49th Wing F-117, T-38, F-4 and Tornado airspace scheduling and coordinates joint initiatives on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Directed Energy.