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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB)
is the home of aeronautical research and development in the
United States Air Force (USAF). The Aeronautical Systems Center
(ASC) develops aircraft for the USAF as part of the Air Force
Material Command (AFMC); both organizations are headquartered
here. WPAFB is the home of the Air Force Research Labs (AFRL)
headquarters, responsible for the science and technology for
Field Activities > Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
F-35 System Program Office
The most visible F-35 organization comes under the Fighter
Attack Wing structure and provides engineering, logistics,
and program management expertise to the Joint Strike Fighter
Program IPTs. Several tier IV IPT leads reside here as well
as the majority of engineers supporting the air system development.
As part of the Fighter Attack Wing, the F-35 System Program
Office also provides insight and expertise to other tactical
aviation programs managed at WPAFB.
Propulsion Systems Support
The JSF propulsion program team is manned
approximately 50% by (WPAFB) resources. The propulsion support
at WPAFB comes mostly from ASC with a few personnel from AFRL.
Under ASC, Propulsion Systems Program Office (ASC/LP) was
re-designated as the Propulsion Systems Squadron (PRSS) within
the Agile Combat Support (ACS) Wing. The PRSS provides day-to-day
engineering, logistics, manufacturing/quality, and program
management support for the F135 (PRSS/PZ) engine program. AFRL support comes from their Turbine Engine
Division (AFRL/PRT) for advanced technology development programs,
and the Materials & Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL/ML)
for advanced materials development and technology transfer.
Modeling and Simulation Support
The Engineering Analysis and Simulation Branch (ASC/ENM),
with AFRL Directorates support, provides modeling and simulation
expertise to the program. The Strike Warfare Collaborative
Environment (SWCE) Model Liaisons for vulnerability (FASTGEN-
Fast Shotline Generator /COVART - Computational Vulnerability
and Repair Time), engagement (BRAWLER, ESAMS - Enhanced Surface-to-Air
Missile Simulation, MOSAIC - Modeling System for the Advanced
Investigation of Countermeasures, RADGUNS - Radar-Directed
Gun Simulation), supportability (LCOM - Logistics Composite
Model) and campaign (THUNDER) models and models’ key
analysts are represented by ASC/ENM. Mission analysis and
environment expertise also reside at Wright-Patterson AFB.
This includes the Suppressor model management and Suppressor
analysis support, Joint Integrated Mission Model (JIMM) analysis
support and the Multi-spectral Environment (MSE) management.
Vulnerability analysts also work with the 46th Test Wing Detachment
to set up and conduct realistic live fire test and evaluations
(LFT&E) on the range located at Wright-Patterson AFB.
SimAF (Simulation and Analysis Facility)
SimAF hosts several capabilities that the Joint Strike Fighter
(JSF) Program utilizes. All capabilities are used by the Modeling,
Simulation and Analysis (MS&A) Division for the JPO. Members
of the Multi-spectral Environment Team reside at SimAF and
generate the Multi-spectral Database for the Out-The-Window
(OTW), Infrared (IR) and Radar mission environment simulations.
SimAF has cockpit representations of the JSF that are integrated
into the virtual mission environment. The Strike Warfare Collaborative
Environment (SWCE) Toolset expertise for mission and survivability
models focused on Man-in-the-Loop Air-to-air System Performance
Evaluation Model (MIL-AASPEM II), Joint Interim Mission Model
(JIMM) and Enhanced Surface-to-Air Missile Simulation (ESAMS)
scenarios and analysis also resides here. This expertise has
experience in both the SWCE virtual and constructive environments.
The training team WPAFB is responsible for the following aspects
of the training system. Development and implementation of
Distributed Mission Operations connectivity and functionality
within the AF DMO network. Lead for Instructional Systems
Development IPT which performs analyses for pilot and maintainer
task lists and lesson design documents. Lead for Courseware
development for both pilot and maintenance training at the
ITC. Lead for Training System Infrastructure and training
management system development to track pilot and maintainer
training requirements and provides the connectivity to ALIS.