Military Embedded Systems

Air Force requests $28 million to build, improve aircraft ranges


June 09, 2017

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

WASHINGTON. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) has asked for -- in its fiscal year 2018 budget request -- funding for construction to improve aircraft ranges in Utah and Nevada. In testimony prepared for Congress, USAF Chief of Staff General David Goldfein and Service Secretary Heather Wilson said that the funding would enable the USAF to use the full range of capabilities available to F-35A aircrews.

The Air Force has asked for $28 million in fiscal year 2018 for military construction to build a Consolidated Mission Control Centre (CMCC) at the Utah Test and Training Center (UTTR.)

The funding would allow the USAF to test, evaluate, or train four on-range events simultaneously at a secure mission facility. The center would also enable testing and training on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) multirole aircraft, F-22 Raptor multirole fighter, and other long-range weapons programs.

If the funding is appropriated by Congress, the USAF expects to award a single contract in August 2017 and to begin construction the following month.



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