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In July 1997, Strike took on the first EA-6B Block 89A
aircraft from the EA-6B project office to put through accep-
tance tests. Pax River now has three Prowlers. The EA-6B
project office performs integrated research, development,
and test and evaluation combined with developmental
and operational testing of the EA-6B and associated elec-
tronic warfare assets. Acceptance tests are scheduled for
In 1988, Strike put the T-45, originally a British aircraft
design, through a series of flight tests before introducing
it to the fleet. Converting this land-based jet into a training
aircraft proved to be complicated. Today, a much-modified
version is now in service.
Strike is also responsible for developmental test and
evaluation of unmanned air vehicles, or UAVs, for the
Navy. Currently, the Navy has one UAV system, the
Pioneer, which is deployed aboard LPD-class ships. In ten
years, Pioneer has logged nearly 14,000 flight hours and
supported every major US contingency operation. It flew
300-plus combat reconnaissance missions during Persian
Gulf operations in the early 1990s. Since September 1994,
it has flown in contingency operations over Bosnia, Haiti,
and Somalia. Most recently, it flew in Task Force Eagle
and IFOR operations over Bosnia.
At the present time, nine unmanned systems are in the
active force: five in the Navy, three in the Marine, and one
in the Joint UAV Training Center in Fort Huachuca,
Arizona. The Navy systems at Pax River support software
changes, hardware acceptance, test and evaluation of
potential payloads, and technology developments to meet
future UAV requirements.
Two of the Strike Squadron's goals for 1998 are to
ensure the F-18E/F program continues to receive the sup-
port and guidance it needs to stay on track and to begin
preparing for initial Joint Strike Fighter work in the year
2000. The squadron is improving facilities and infrastruc-
ture to support its EMD efforts and preparing itself for the
next twenty-five years of weapon system flight testing. At
the same time, direct fleet support through the testing of
fielded weapons systems, like the F-14 and EA-6B, will con-
tinue to stay at the top of the squadron's priority list.
Naval Aviation is taking full advantage of ongoing tech-
nological innovations that will be the basis for operational
excellence in the next century. The leadership will remain
ready to adapt to new warfare fundamental to ensure oper-
ational and technological superiority. From the next-gen-
eration aircraft to advanced multimission aircraft, such as
the Joint Strike Fighter and the Common Support Aircraft,
Naval Aviation will adapt, evolve, and succeed. And Strike
Aircraft Test Squadron will lead the evolution. Q
Neville Dawson is a freelance aviation
journalist based in Australia.
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