83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron [83rd FWS]
The 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron conducts the USAF air-to-air Weapon System Evaluation Program. The squadron evaluates the total air-to-air weapons system including aircraft, weapon delivery system, weapon, aircrew, support equipment, technical data and maintenance actions.
The squadron hosts 38 A/A WSEP deployments annually at Tyndall AFB, Fl. The annual firing of 300 missiles evaluates all USAF air-to-air missile capabilities (AIM-120, AIM-7, AIM-9 and gun) and also provides live missile training for CAF crews as a secondary objective.
Squadron personnel verify weapon system performance, determine reliability, evaluate capability and limitations, identify deficiencies, recommend corrective action, and maintain CAF-wide data. The squadron investigates missile envelopes and evaluates capabilities and limitations to determine future firing requirements.
The unit provides liaison support for pre-deployment, employment and redeployment of ACC, USAFE, PACAF, ANG, USAFR, and Canadian Forces participating in WSEP, William Tell, and WIC missile firing programs.
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