U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Steven Hershberger, a 169th Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion mechanic, conducts an inspection on an F-16 fighter jet engine at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, May 14, 2021. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Mackenzie Bacalzo)

2A – Aerospace Maintenance

Past Programs

Very Low Collateral Damage Weapon Joint Urgent Operational Need Request

AFOTEC directly supported a 2009 CENTCOM JUON request for a Very Low Collateral Damage Weapon, allowing the Air Force to reach targets with pinpoint accuracy while minimizing noncombatant casualties and collateral damage.



AFOTEC conducted Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (IOT&E), which included approximately 253 flight hours and over 60 test missions.  Test scenarios included airdrop delivery of personnel and cargo, aerial refueling as a receiver and as a tanker to helicopters, and defensive reactions to simulated threat engagements.  These efforts led to the Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) approval to enter full-rate production.


B-2 Radar Modernization Program (RMP)

AFOTEC conducted B-2 RMP Mode Set 1 IOT&E which demonstrated and captured the system to be operationally effective, suitable, and survivable.  This directly increased the mission capability and the warfighters' ability to support Combatant Commander to defend threat areas at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of warfare.

A B-1B Lancer taxis on the flightline after completing a Continental United States to Continental United States joint Large Force Exercise alongside the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 11, 2022. They executed a 31 hour three-ship CONUS to CONUS mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Hayman)

Current Programs

KC-46A Pegasus

Initial air refueling (AR) testing in 2016 revealed boom structural limits, sparking the redesign of the boom control system.  As of October 2020, AFOTEC completed 63 percent of all planned IOT&E test points and the Cyber Vulnerability Penetration Assessment.

In FY21, AFOTEC completed 60 percent of the effectiveness test points in accordance with the DOT&E-approved test plan.  During IOT&E, over 9,660 flight hours was logged encompassed the collection and adjudication of suitability data, exceeding he minimum planned 1,250 flight hours for IOT&E.  Additionally, AFOTEC directly supported the Remote Vision System (RVS) 2.0 Preliminary Design Review (PDR) and produced Observation Report-1.  The report provided stakeholders with early operational inputs of effectiveness and suitability, addressing the Category (CAT) I Deficiency Report (DR). 


B-52 Commercial Engine Replacement (CERP)

AFOTEC provided an operational test strategy that supports an adaptive framework ISO progressive evaluation of system capabilities during prototype development, directly supporting the B-52 rapid prototyping program.


F-15 Eagle Passive Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS)  

Maintainers from AFOTEC Detachment 6 conduct suitability data collection on the EPAWSS system currently installed on the F-15E Strike Eagle and F-15EX Eagle II. This data collection consists of conducting pilot debriefs as well as tracking all aircraft and system capability rates which are used to generate an EOY suitability report.  AFOTECs early involvement in developmental flights and additional ground and flight testing has provided crucial operational input.  These efforts are directly supporting the path towards dedicated IOT&E in FY23. 


Maintainers from AFOTEC work alongside Air Force, Navy, and Marine maintenance crews and pilots to report program suitability and future software stability data to Lockheed Martin and the Joint Program Office (JPO). They are part of the United States Operational Test Team (UOTT) embedded within AFOTEC Detachment 6 which through the planning and execution of high-fidelity testing, the team evaluates the F-35’s performance in operationally realistic, combat-like environments while providing a unified and comprehensive multi-service evaluation of all F-35 variants.  

VC-25B Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization 

The VC25B integrates technologically mature subsystems into a commercial 747-8 aircraft to provide safe, reliable air transportation with White House equivalent security and communications for the President, staff, and guests. As a national level airborne communications node, the VC25B enables the President and staff to address the full range of political and military operations necessary to fulfill the President’s constitutional roles as Commander in Chief, Head of State, and Chief Executive. 

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