|FORT HOOD, Texas, Jan. 28, 2005 – The Army's premier air and missile defense independent operational tester is the Air Defense Artillery Test Directorate at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Covering the full spectrum of tests from force development test and experimentation or initial operational test to limited user test and customer tests, the directorate also participates in advanced warfighting experiments and joint testing.
With extensive live-fire range capabilities and maneuver area comprising approximately 937,000 acres bordering White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, the directorate has conducted missile and gun live-fire tests of the TOW, PATRIOT, Avenger, HAWK, Army Tactical Missile System, Stinger, Bradley Linebacker, MLRS, and the Forward Area Air Defense System. The directorate also has the capability to use non-eye safe lasers up to 30 kilometers.
With unlimited ceiling and controlled airspace to fly unmanned aerial vehicles and realistic aircraft threatprofiles for air and missile defense testing, and the ability to intercept ballistic targets, the directorte is able to collect required data for independent operational test and evaluation of weapons systems. It employs highly sophisticated and state-of-the-art instrumentation in its test data collection efforts.
Equipment capabilities include a wide range of new state-of-the-art global positioning system tracking systems, as well as older, reliable Nike Hercules radars and safety