Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Forces
CHINA LAKE US NORFOLK US GREENWICH UK (GMT) KABUL AF TOKYO JP
COMOPTEVFOR

Aviation Systems Division

The Aviation Warfare Division is responsible for the planning and execution of operational testing and evaluation of the Navy and Marine Corps' aviation acquisition programs, assessing their operational effectiveness and operational suitability. These programs include maritime aircraft and helicopters, unmanned aircraft systems, strike/fighter aircraft, and their associated weapon systems, assault weapon systems, aviation electronic warfare systems, air antisubmarine warfare systems, aviation maintenance systems, and trainer systems.
Testing of these projects occur at the following field activities:

  • VX-1 (Patuxent River, MD)
  • VX-9 (China Lake, CA), VX-9 Det (Pt. Mugu, CA)
  • VMX-22 (New River, NC).
  • HMX-1 (Quantico, VA).

Division Points of Contact

Director, Aviation Warfare Division - Code 50A

(757) 282-5546 Ext. 3313

Deputy Director, Aviation Warfare Division - Code 50B

(757) 282-5546 Ext. 3084

F/A-18 Programs (Code 51)

(757) 282-5546 Ext. 3438

Carrier Strike Systems (Code 52)

(757) 282-5546 Ext. 3383

The F/A-18 Programs Section of OPTEVFOR is responsible for planning and executing Operational Test and Evaluation of the F/A-18 Hornet, Super Hornet and related programs.
Programs include:

  • F/A-18A+/C/D/E/F System Configuration Set (SCS)
  • F/A-18 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar
  • F/A-18 Advanced Targeting and Designating Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) System
  • F/A-18 Shared Airborne Reconnaissance Pod (SHARP)
  • F/A-18 Infrared Search and Track (IRST) System
  • Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM)
  • Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM)
  • AIM-9X SIDEWINDER
  • AIM-120D AMRAAM
  • Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS)
  • Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM-ER)
  • Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW C-1)
  • Distributed Targeting System
  • Multifunctional Information Disribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS)
  • Long Range Anti-ship Missile (LRASM)

The Carrier Strike Systems section of OPTEVFOR is responsible for planning and executing Operational Test and Evaluation of future aircraft carriers and related programs.
Programs Include:

  • USS GERALD R FORD (CVN 78)
  • Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG)
  • Joint Precision Appraoch and Landing Sysytem (JPALS)

Air C41, Training, Support Systems (Code 53)

757 282-5546 Ext. 3340

Air Electronic Warfare Programs (Code 54)

(757) 282-5546 Ext. 3262

The Air C4I, Training, and Support Systems Section of OPTEVFOR is responsible for planning and executing Operational Test and Evaluation of aviation maintenance related programs ashore and afloat.
Programs include:

  • Joint Mission Planning System - Maritime
  • E-2D Advanced Hawkeye
  • E-6B Block 1 Upgrades
  • T-6B Avionics Upgrade Project
  • T-45
  • CMV-22 Osprey

The Air Electronic Warfare Programs Section of OPTEVFOR is responsible for planning and executing Operational Test and Evaluation of Navy and Marine Corps aviation electronic attack and electronic/infra-red self-protect programs.
Programs include:

  • EA-18G System Configuration Set (SCS)
  • Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) Pod
  • EA-6B Improved Capability III (ICAP III)
  • AN/ALQ-99 Low Band Consolidation (LBC)
  • Intrepid Tiger Spiral II Pod
  • Advanced Threat Warning (ATW) Infra-red Countermeasures System
  • Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM)
  • AN/APR-39 Radar Signal Detecting Set
  • Radar Warning Receiver (AN/ALR-67(V) 1-2)
  • Common Infra-red Countermeasures (CIRCM)
  • Distributed Aperture Infra-red Countermeasures (DAIRCM)
  • Aircraft Electronic Suite Calendar Year software upgrade
  • AN/AAR-47 IR Warning Receiver
  • AN/ALE-47 IR Countermeasure System

Maritime Patrol (Code 55)

(757) 282-5546 Ext. 3120

Rotary Wing, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Code 56)

(757) 282-5546 Ext. 3817

The Maritime Patrol Section of OPTEVFOR is responsible for planning and executing Operational Test and Evaluation of P-3C and P-8A MMA systems.
Programs include:

  • P-8A Poseidon Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft
  • Tactical/Mobile Systems
  • High Altitude ASW Weapon Capability (HAAWC)
  • Multistatic Active Coherent (MAC) Sensor

The Rotary Wing and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Support Section of OPTEVFOR is responsible for planning and executing Operational Test and Evaluation of all Navy helicopter programs, Navy and Marine Corps UAS, combat support helos, and CSAR.
Programs include:

  • MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopter (MMH)
  • Armed Helicopter Program
  • MH-60S Multi-Mission Helicopter (MMH)
  • Airborne Low Frequency Sonar (ALFS)
  • Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) (MH60S)
  • Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTUAV – Fire Scout)
  • Triton UAS
  • Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS)
  • Cargo Unmanned Aircraft System (CUAS)
  • Navy Unmanned Combat Aircraft System (N-UCAS)
  • Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike System (UCLASS)

USMC Fixed Wing / Rotary Wing / Tiltrotor (Code 57)

(757) 282-5546 Ext. 3170

The USMC TACAIR/Rotary Wing/Tiltrotor Section of OPTEVFOR is responsible for planning and executing Operational Test and Evaluation of all Marine Fixed and Rotary Wing to include AV-8 and KC-130.
Programs include:

  • MV-22 Osprey
  • CH-53K
  • H-1 Upgrades (AH-1Z/UH-1Y)
  • Presidential Support Aircraft (VH-92)
  • Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), F-35B/C
  • KC-130J
  • AV-8B
  • SDB-II (Small Diameter Bomb)
  • Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM)
  • Sustainment Lighting System (SLS)