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Field Activities > Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland

  • The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), Patuxent River Maryland, is the Navy's research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E), engineering and fleet support center for air platforms. Patuxent River is also home to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). Ranges at Patuxent River include extensive inshore and offshore operating areas to support the full array of testing required for a new air platform. The airfield test facilities include a land based TC-7 catapult and MK-7 arresting gear and other unique test facilities geared toward the evaluation of weapon systems designed to operate in a shipboard environment.


  • NAWCAD provides approximately 220 Work Years (FY05) of critical engineering expertise to virtually every Integrated Product Team within the JSF program. Major efforts include the standup of facilities to support a total contractor and government F-35 test team of approximately 700 personnel. All Carrier and STOVL F-35 variant test airplanes will be developed at Patuxent River, totaling nine aircraft at peak. Unique F-35 tests to be conducted at Patuxent River include land based catapult and arrestments, STOVL vertical and short takeoff and landing tests, expeditionary airfield operations, the full range of aero-sciences envelope expansion, mission systems development and weapon certification testing.


  • The Lockheed Martin X-35C and the Boeing X-32B were both tested at Patuxent River during the JSF Concept Demonstration program. The X-35C is currently on display at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, and the X-32B will be prepared for display by March 2005.


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