ASEC provides support services to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1) to operationally test and evaluate manned and unmanned aircraft systems and sensors. Operational Test (OT) is an important part of the defense acquisition strategy where the system or sensor is stressed under operational conditions that results in an evaluation to determine the effectiveness and suitability of the program.
We support military personnel during all phases of OT from test planning, test execution, data analysis, and report writing. During the test planning phase, we work in concert with Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force based in Norfolk, VA, to structure test based on system requirements and design.
We are an essential part of VX-1 test teams, where we closely monitor test execution to ensure that the data collected satisfies the test design. We then conduct statistical analysis and provide a detailed report that is an independent and objective evaluation to support DoD Fleet introduction decisions.
U.S. Navy aircraft that we support include the P-8A Poseidon, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, MH 60R/S, E-6B Mercury, and KC-130J Hercules and unmanned systems including MQ-8C Fire Scout, and MQ 4C Triton.