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Field Activities > Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

  • 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 the warfighters.


  • 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.


  • Training Support
    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.


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