FORT HOOD, Texas, Jan. 28, 2005 – The Close Combat Test Directorate is responsible for operational testing of Armor and Infantry systems and is the lead Operational Test Command directorate responsible for operational testing of weapons and systems for the Army’s transformation.
“We are the Army’s only independent testing agency for weapons, scopes, lasers, Strkyers and future combat rifles,” said Lt. Col. David Scalsky, maneuver-systems test division chief. “Once the Army determines a need for something, they form a test and we get involved with the piece of equipment early.”
While continuing to conduct operational tests and upgrades to the current force, directorate testers began their work with the Transformation Force during the Initial Brigade Platform Performance Demonstration at Fort Knox, Ky., as well as supporting the train-up for the initial brigade in 2001.
The first operational test on the Interim Armored Vehicle, now named Stryker, was in 2002 at Fort Lewis, Wash., and the Infantry Carrier Vehicle initial test was in 2003.
“We tested the Stryker Battalion at Fort Knox,” said Bill Elliott, tester and Operational Test Command civilian of the year. “It was the largest and most complex test the Army has ever done.