The AAC is responsible for the acquisition, testing and deployment of the entire range of air armaments for the United States and allied nations.
Focus: air weaponry
Location/address: 101 West D Avenue, Suite 110, Eglin Air Force Base, FL
Phone: 850.882.2843; 850.882.5614
Overview: Originally called the Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Base in 1935, on Aug. 4, 1937, the base was designated Eglin Field and since renamed several times. The Air Armament Center was established in 1998 on Eglin Air Force Base. AAC is the focal point for all Air Force armaments, including research, development, acquisition, testing, deployment and sustainment. It plans, directs and conducts test and evaluation of U.S. and allied air armament and countermeasures, navigation/guidance systems and command and control systems. Has become a prime location for private-sector entities to test and evaluate technologically advanced systems, including modeling in the laboratory and simulation to open air ranges.
Technical expertise/research fields: climatic testing, EMC/EMI testing, modeling and simulation, multispectral signature characterization, command and control testing, engineering, computer programming, information technology. Evaluates effects of climatic, dynamic and electromagnetic extremes, as well as rapid acceleration and deceleration. In-flight tests of aircraft systems and armaments, control and monitoring instrumentation. Aerospace, aerospace engineering, aerospace guidance, equipment performance, computational arts and programming, information technology, ordnance technologies, systems integration.
Facilities/equipment: Central Control Facility; Armament Systems Test Environment; Electromagnetic Test Environment; Gulf Test Range; Preflight Integration of Munitions and Electronic Systems; Guided Weapons Evaluation Facility; McKinley Climatic Laboratory; Radar Target Scatter; Central Inertial Guidance Test Facility; Anechoic Chamber, Sensor Evaluation Facility, Super Computer Center, land and sea ranges, Structural Dynamics Laboratory, GPS/Simulation Facilities, Environmental Test Chambers, high and low speed sled track, kinetic kill vehicle hardware-in-the-loop simulator, prototype munition fabrication laboratory.
Research/site/business development contact: Gary Wollam
Mailing address: AAC Business Development Office, AAC/XPX, 101 West D Ave., Suite 129, Eglin Air Force Base, FL 32542-5495