422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron [422nd TES]
The 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron is tasked with testing and evaluating state-of-the-art weapons systems, exploiting foreign technologies, and developing leading edge tactics to improve the future combat capability of aerospace forces.
The 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron is composed of aircrew and support personnel supporting five different flights of fighters and helicopter aircraft: A-10, F-15C, F-15E, F-16C, and HH-60G.
The 422nd TES conducts operational tests for ACC on new hardware and upgrades to each of the five aircraft in a simulated combat environment. The 422nd TES also develops and publishes new tactics for these aircraft. The results of these tests directly benefit aircrews in ACC, PACAF, and USAFE by providing them with operationally proven hardware and software systems.
As of September 1999, tests included employment of the AGM-65H missile by the A-10, developing night vision goggle employment tactics for the F-16C, helmet-mounted sight capability for the F-15C, new avionics software updates for the F-15E, and improved combat search and rescue tactics for the HH-60G.
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