designed to create efficient, safe testing. The challenge we have with test accelerations is we have to accelerate everything within a set time frame."
In mid-March, the F-16 systems group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, forwarded an urgent need request for a new capability to be delivered to U.S. Central Command.
"As soon as we received the tasking, we put the Edwards' program management planning tool into action," Bromsey said. "Within hours we were able to establish complete support for the test aceleration and analyze the effects on other test projects within the squadron."
One way of accelerating the test process was having the Operational Test and Evaluation units from Nellis and Eglin work alongside the 416th Flight Test Squadron, developmental testers.
Wigdahl explained that historically developmental test and evaluation determined if a system worked safely and as designed, and operational test and evaluation determined if the system met the warfighter's needs.
"In today's leaner Air Force, we've been able to combine developmental and operational testing by hosting operational test pilots here at Edwards or by deploying our teams to Eglin or Nellis," Wigdahl said. "These combined efforts are paying huge dividends by saving test resources and by improving the combat capabilities of the systems under test."
"The LITENING-AT test acceleration was a perfect example of how the developmental and operational testing support agreements allow us to provide a better capability, more thoroughly tested, for the warfighter," he explained.
This new capability is scheduled to be operational, in theater, July 1.