Accession Number:

ADA611296

Title:

Final Environmental Assessment for the Integration and Developmental Testing of High Power Microwave Systems at Edwards Air Force Base

Descriptive Note:

Rept. for Sep 2004-Oct 2006

Corporate Author:

TETRA TECH INC SANTA BARBARA CA

Report Date:

2006-10-16

Pagination or Media Count:

332.0

Abstract:

In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and implementing regulations, the 95th Air Base Wing and U.S. Air Force Flight Test Center AFFTC have prepared a Draft EA. The Proposed Action, is to conduct open-air integration and developmental testing of high power microwave HPM systems at Edwards AFB while operating within restricted area R-2515 against ground-to-ground, ground-to-air, air-to-ground, and air-to-air targets. All targets will be physically located on or above Edwards AFB, inside restricted area R-2515. Up to 100 acres could be designated for target areas however each target area would be limited to 5 acres. Up to 128 flight tests, 48 aircraft related ground tests, and 600 hours of non-aircraft related ground test would be conducted annually from 2006 to 2012. This proposed action is in support of future Air Force research and development programs. Edwards AFB has historically been selected as a primary testing site for new aircraft and new systems because of its remote location and suitable conditions that support reliable flight. Developmental systems would be investigated as part of the proposed program to establish baseline information on beam characteristics and hardware properties. The open terrain, low population densities, and minimal potential for impacts on the environment make this area ideally suited for this type of test and evaluation activity testing of HPM systems.

Subject Categories:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Radiofrequency Wave Propagation
  • Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE