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NAVAIR

Established in 1966 as the successor to the Navy's Bureau of Naval Weapons, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is headquartered in Patuxent River, Md., and employs about 32,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel stationed at eight locations across the continental United States and one site overseas.

NAVAIR's mission is to provide full life-cycle support of naval aviation aircraft, weapons and systems operated by Sailors and Marines. This support includes research, design, development, and systems engineering; acquisition; test and evaluation; training facilities and equipment; repair and modification; and in-service engineering and logistics support.

NAVAIR's role in naval aviation is to develop, acquire, and support aircraft, weapons and related systems which can be operated and sustained at sea. NAVAIR provides analysis and decision support for cost/schedule/performance trades and investment decisions, with the goal to increase Navy and Marine Corps capability, readiness and affordability in a joint/coalition environment.

NAVAIR is organized into eight "competencies" or communities of practice including: Program Management, Contracts, Research and Engineering, Test and Evaluation, Logistics and Industrial Operations, Corporate Operations, Comptroller, and Counsel. NAVAIR provides support (people, processes, tools, training, mission facilities, and core technologies) to Naval Aviation Program Executive Officers (PEOs) and their assigned program managers, who are responsible for meeting the cost, schedule, and performance requirements of their assigned programs.

NAVAIR's affiliated PEOs are:

• PEO for Tactical Aircraft Programs, PEO(T)

• PEO for Air, ASW, Assault and Special Mission Programs, PEO(A)

• PEO for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons, PEO(U&W), and

• PEO for Joint Strike Fighter, PEO(JSF), (which alternates service lead with the U.S. Air Force)

NAVAIR is the principal provider for the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE), while contributing to every Warfare enterprise in the interest of national security. We embrace the privilege of our responsibility to the Sailor and Marine in partnership with industry, all Naval Aviation stakeholders, and our fellow Systems Commands.

Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division

Naval Air Station Patuxent River in St. Mary's County, Md., is home to NAVAIR Headquarters, affiliated Program Executive Officers, and the NAWCAD. Conducting over 200,000 air operations annually, NAS Pax River hosts more than 50 tenants including three services, federal agencies and private industry.

NAWCAD is the navy's principal RDAT&E, engineering and fleet support activity for naval aircraft, engines, avionics, support systems, weapons, 5th generation weapon system integration and ship/shore/air integration.-

Products and Services

Full range of acquisition support for air combat systems ranging from basic research to in-service engineering and logistics (a unique service within the Department of Defense).

NAWCAD's Test Wing Atlantic, composed of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Naval Strike Aircraft Test Squadron (VX-23), Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron (VX-20) and the Naval Rotary Wing Aircraft Test Squadron (HX-21). Together these organizations maintain 140 aircraft (40 type/model/series).

The Atlantic Test Ranges are fully-instrumented and integrated test ranges that provide full-service support for cradle-to-grave testing and training. This support includes Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) of aircraft, and training for aircrew and integrated avionics and mission systems.

ATR designs, develops, integrates, installs, maintains and operates all test range instrumentation, communications and digital data gathering and handling equipment at NAVAIR Patuxent River, including acquisition, surveillance and tracking radar, special purpose electronic combat emitters, videographic and photographic instrumentation, laser and optical tracking systems. ATR provides flight test control and range safety functions; provides Mid-Atlantic Area Frequency Coordinator services and coordinates Patuxent River special-use airspace; and provides dynamic radar cross-section measurements that characterizes the radar signature over multiple frequencies.

The Atlantic Test Ranges are fully-instrumented and integrated test ranges that provide full-service support for cradle-to-grave testing and training. This support includes Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) of aircraft, and training for aircrew and integrated avionics and mission systems.

ATR designs, develops, integrates, installs, maintains and operates all test range instrumentation, communications and digital data gathering and handling equipment at NAVAIR Patuxent River, including acquisition, surveillance and tracking radar, special purpose electronic combat emitters, videographic and photographic instrumentation, laser and optical tracking systems. ATR provides flight test control and range safety functions; provides Mid-Atlantic Area Frequency Coordinator services and coordinates Patuxent River special-use airspace; and provides dynamic radar cross-section measurements that characterizes the radar signature over multiple frequencies.

• Air Vehicles/Materials Labs and Facilities, including the adhesive bonding and technology lab, landing gear composite, organic coatings and surface interactions.

• Air Vehicle Test & Analysis Capability, supported by facilities for materials analysis/non-destructive testing, failure analysis, engineering investigations, composite repair and coating evaluations.

• Dynamic Radar Cross Section Measurements that can characterize the radar signature in real time over multiple frequencies in a cost-effective manner.

• Hush House for integrated airframe-engine testing to determine installed engine performance. The facility includes an enclosed test area with sound attenuation structure attached.

• Propulsion Systems Evaluation Facility with 55 test and support areas. Its Central Computer Facility centralizes and organizes data from tests at Pax River, Tullahoma, Tenn. and Lakehurst, N.J.

• Avionics/Mission and Sensors include the broad spectrum of mission systems and RF sensors including the Antenna Testing Laboratory Automated System, the Ship/Shore Communications and Electronics System Team at Webster Field. The Combat and Communication Systems team designs, integrates and tests communication systems and Ship's Signal Exploitation Space equipment suites for Navy ship construction programs and provides in-service engineering for AEGIS CG 47 and DDG 51 class ships.

• Crew Systems include the crew station technology lab, an ejection tower, a thermophysiology lab and a horizontal accelerator. The accelerator is used by the Navy, the National Transportation and Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Administration and DOD.

• Catapult and Arresting Gear complex for carrier suitability testing.

People

The largest employer in St. Mary's County, Md., NAS Patuxent River employs 7,600 civilian employees, 8,500 contractors and 3,100 active duty military personnel.

Facilities

The air combat systems development functions conducted at Patuxent River require sea level altitude, a varied climate and a location near the sea to produce the test conditions essential for naval aircraft. The climatic and geographic conditions unique to Patuxent River are crucial for the proper performance testing of both fixed-wing and rotary-wing vehicles in preparation for operations in the maritime environment.

• Patuxent River encompasses more than 13,800 acres.

• Estimated value of the facilities located on Patuxent River and Webster Field is $2.6 billion.

• 935 separate buildings, including 10 hangars, with a total of over 8.76 million square feet of facilities.

• Five runways (longest is 11,800 feet).

• Airspace: restricted - 780 square miles; controlled - 5,000 square miles.

Naval Test Wing Atlantic

Naval Test Wing Atlantic (NTWL), embedded in Naval Air Systems Command (AIR 5.1), Integrated Systems Evaluation Experimentation and Test (ISEET) Department, provides aircrew and aircraft assets, maintenance, operational and safety oversight and facility support to conduct research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) of manned and unmanned fixed and rotary wing aircraft; and train test pilots, test naval flight officers and flight test engineers to support the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE). The active-duty military members assigned to the wing see themselves as advocates for the fleet with a continual focus on their war fighting requirements. Naval Test Wing Atlantic is composed of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Zero, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two One, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Three and the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. It also includes the Fleet Readiness Center, formally the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department.

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Zero

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Zero was

commissioned to safely provide assets and services in support of program teams, the fleet and other customers associated with research, development, test and evaluation of P-3 Orion, P-8 Poseidon E-2C/D Hawkeye, C-2A Greyhound, C-130 Hercules, T-34 Mentor, T-6 Texan and E-6B Mercury aircraft and mission systems. The squadron is responsible for active flight test and evaluation in all phases of weapon system life cycle, including aircraft carrier suitability testing, navigation and aerial refueling, strategic airborne communications, airborne surveillance and intelligence collection, airborne early warning systems, carrier onboard delivery and advanced trainer missions. Additionally, VX-20 operates and maintains two NP-3 aircraft that provide customers a safe and efficient method to conduct a variety of airborne scientific research projects.

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two One (HX-21Blackjack)

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two One performs developmental testing and evaluation of rotary wing/tilt-rotor aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as sensors and weapons systems for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The squadron is comprised of military, civil service and contractor employees operating and maintaining a fleet of H-1, H-3, H-53, H-57, H-60, H-71 and V-22 series aircraft and UAVs. HX-21 is actively engaged in the development of the next generation of rotary wing/tilt-rotor and UAV aircraft systems supporting USW, SUW, CSAR, NSW, AMCM, Logistics, Maritime Supremacy and Vertical Assault. The major flight test program platforms underway include the AH-1Z Cobra, UH-1Y Huey, MV-22B Osprey, CH-46E Sea Knight, CH-53E Super Stallion, MH-60R and MH-60S Seahawk, VH-71A and the Fire Scout UAV.

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Three (VX-23)

VX-23 is NAVAIR's largest flight test organization. The squadron's mission is to support the RDT&E of fixed wing tactical aircraft by providing aircraft and pilot assets, maintenance services, safety oversight and facility support for these efforts. Primary areas of support include flying qualities and performance evaluations, shipboard suitability, propulsion system testing, tactical aircraft mission system testing, ordnance compatibility and ballistic efforts, reliability and maintainability assessments, flight fidelity simulation and flight control software development.

The Squadron also provides Government Flight Representatives, test monitoring, chase aircraft support, and facilities for contractor demonstration, validation and development work involving tactical aircraft and associated systems.

VX-23 consists of approximately 45 officers (Navy, Marine Corps and foreign nationals), 90 enlisted (Navy and Marine Corps), 40 civil service and 965 contractor employees directly involved with aircraft maintenance, test planning and conduct, safety oversight and support of the squadron's 30-35 F/A-18A-D Hornet, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler and T-45A/C Goshawk aircraft; plus the on-going contractor demonstration efforts with F-35B/C Lighting II and X-47B UCAS-D aircraft. Additionally, VX-23 is supported by hundreds of flight test engineers and technicians provided by the Integrated Systems, Evaluation, Experimentation and Test (ISEET) Department and various contractors. The squadron conducts over 3,150 flight operations annually, totaling approximately 4,400 flight hours, much of which involves high-risk flight test. VX-23 conducts operations both shore based and shipboard, locally at NAS Pax River from facilities which include three large aircraft hangars, also operates and maintains a TC-7 catapult and MK-7 arresting gear test sites.

U.S. Naval Test Pilot School

The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School provides fixed-wing and rotary-wing instruction to experienced pilots, flight officers and engineers in the processes and techniques of aircraft and systems test and evaluation. The school educates and trains military and civilians from all U.S. military services, other U.S. government agencies and foreign nations. The school investigates and develops new flight test techniques, publishes manuals for use by the aviation test community in standardization of flight test techniques and project reporting and conducts special projects. The squadron maintains its staff as a focal point of expertise providing the aviation test community with engineering and training consultation.