US Air Force Test Center has broken ground on the Joint Simulation Environment (JSE) facility at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
The $27.5m facility will be spread over 52,000ft² and will be the first of the two JSE modelling and simulation facilities that were planned.
They will be used to house operations, engineering, maintenance and logistics personnel.
JSE will allow quick development of future platforms and boost weapon systems testing, which are expected to increase the multi-domain operations.
Air Force Test Center commander Maj Gen Chris Azzano said: “We break ground on the first of several facilities that will take JSE from concept to practice, from vision to reality.
“Future capability development leaders will look to this event as a leap forward in well-integrated live, virtual, constructive test and advanced training. I’m very proud of the team for moving this critical capability forward.”
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The facility will be able to support around 20 high fidelity simulators and related equipment. This is expected to enable multi-platform, multi-domain developmental testing, operational testing, as well as high-end advanced tactics and training.
Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center commander Major General Jim Sears added: “The airforce is breaking ground on a new building but also ‘breaking ground’ on a bold initiative for a government-owned and government-operated test and training capability, not only for the airforce but also for the DoD and for the entire nation.”
The initial systems will deal with F-35 and F-22. However, the open-architecture design will permit other aircraft and weapon systems to be incorporated in the future.
The 412th Electronic Warfare Group hosted the ceremony held on 5 November.