U.S. Navy tests software configuration for F/A-18 and EA-18G aircraftNews
May 10, 2016
POINT MUGU, Calif. At the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division over the Point Magu Sea Range, the U.S. Navy Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31 completed a Large Force Exercise (LFE) with software configuration sets for the F/A-18 and EA-18G aircraft.
The software configuration sets consisted of the 27C and H21. The 27C software set is designed for the F/A-18A-D Hornets and the H12 is for F/A-18F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers.
“H12 brings more than 35 capabilities to the fleet,” says. Cmdr. Kevin McGee, the Advanced Weapons Laboratory’s military deputy and VX-31 officer in charge during their detachment at Point Mugu, “most notably a complete redesign of the way information is displayed to aircrew.”
Because of scheduling issues, the squadron was able to conduct the LFE this past month instead of waiting until June to conduct the software configuration tests, says McGee.
“The test period went very well, much better than we could have hoped for,” McGee says. “We accomplished all of our planned missions except for one; we lost an event due to sea states on the range.”
VX-9 from China Lake, VX-20 and VX-23 from Patuxent River, Maryland; and Strike Fighter Squadron 15 from Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia participated in the LFE. Contract support from Airborne Tactical Advantage Company and Omega Air refueling was also used, and QF-4 target aircraft from Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico arrived for flights during the second week of testing.
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