704th Test Group Operating Location-AA

Air Force Research Laboratory’s 3.6-meter, 75-ton Advanced Electro-Optical System (AEOS) telescope under laser illumination at its Directed Energy Directorate’s Air Force Maui Optical and Surveillance Site, Maui, Hawaii.   The illumination resulted from the multi-wave length laser propagation experiments that were completed at over 10,000 feet and over a 90-mile path between Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaii and the Air Force site atop the extinct volcano, Haleakala, on Maui, Hawaii.      U.S. Air Force Photo by Rob Ratkowski

Air Force Research Laboratory’s 3.6-meter, 75-ton Advanced Electro-Optical System (AEOS) telescope under laser illumination at its Directed Energy Directorate’s Air Force Maui Optical and Surveillance Site, Maui, Hawaii. The illumination resulted from the multi-wave length laser propagation experiments that were completed at over 10,000 feet and over a 90-mile path between Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaii and the Air Force site atop the extinct volcano, Haleakala, on Maui, Hawaii. U.S. Air Force Photo by Rob Ratkowski

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. -- The 704th Test Group at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, and a unit of AEDC, conducts directed energy and high energy laser testing at a geographically separated facility known as Operating Location (OL)-AA.
Located at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, OL-AA is the test and evaluation liaison to the Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate.

The DED develops and transitions technologies in four core technical competencies: lasers systems, high power electromagnetics, weapons modeling and simulation, and directed energy and electro-optics for space superiority.

AFRL pioneered the first and only megawatt class airborne laser and is a world leader in ground-based space imaging using adaptive optics with a 3.5-meter telescope in New Mexico and a 3.6-meter telescope in Hawaii.

The Directorate is transitioning game-changing counter-electronics weapon technologies through programs such as CHAMP, or Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project, which can disable electronic systems with minimum collateral damage.