ATAC provides design-level technical expertise for avionics and weapon systems installed on nearly every USAF tactical aircraft. For over 20 years, ATAC has provided hands-on engineering and analysis services to support DoD test activities across the country, to include the following:

  • Instrumentation support at Edwards AFB, California, supporting the operation and sustainment of recording and telemetry systems used on aircraft in all of the Combined Test Force: F-35, F-22, F-16, RQ-4, C-17, C-130, KC-135, KC-10, KC-46, B-1, B 2, and B-52.
  • Data analysis and test engineering support at Eglin AFB, Florida, in the Operational Flight Program Combined Test Force (OFP CTF), 40th Flight Test Squadron, and 46th Test Squadron for the following advanced systems:
    • Aircraft OFP software through A-10 Suite 8, F-16 M7.2, F-15C Suite 7C, and F-15E Suite 8E
    • Aircraft hardware upgrades including Active Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) radars (e.g., F 15C APG 63(V)3, F 15E APG-82(V)1 and F-16 APG-83), helmet-mounted displays (e.g., JHMCS & Scorpion), identification, friend or foe (IFF) interrogators/transponders (e.g., F-15 APX-114/119), central computer upgrades and replacements such as the F 15 Advanced Display Core Processor II (ADCP II), and electronic warfare system upgrades such as the F-15 Eagle Passive/Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS)
    • Datalink development and testing, including Link-16, Fighter Datalink (FDL), Situational Awareness Data Link (SADL), F 22 Intra-Flight Data Link (IFDL), and F-35 Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL)
    • Advanced weapons development and integration, including all versions of the AIM-120, AIM-9X, JDAM, SDB I, SDB II, and Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM)
  • Program management support for the F-35/Joint Strike Fighter Joint Program Office in Crystal City, Virginia, where ATAC personnel provide crucial support for the management of flight test, simulator design, training system requirements’ definition, and safety engineering for the largest-ever tactical aircraft acquisition program in the US DoD.
  • Store certification at Eglin AFB supporting the Air Force SEEK EAGLE Office, developing modeling tools to enable evaluations of aircraft handling qualities, store separations, flutter, and loads on aircraft including F-15, F-16, B-1, B-52, B-2, and new aircraft designs.
  • Test Engineering support at Edwards AFB supporting multiple Combined Test Forces in the planning, execution, and reporting of ground and flight test programs, including the Global Hawk, KC-46, F-35, F-22, F-16, CV-22, and other aircraft.

ATAC test engineering and test data analysis expertise cuts across platforms, services, and ranges to make industry best practices and lessons learned available to help each new program succeed on-time and on-cost.